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NCJ Number: 149223 Find in a Library
Title: Stoner/Heavy Metal Gangs
Author(s): F Martinez
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of the Youth Authority
Sacramento, CA 95823
Sale Source: California Dept of the Youth Authority
4241 Williamsborough Drive
Sacramento, CA 95823
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article introduces the Stoners, a new type of gang which is associated with "heavy metal" rock and roll, but also with crime and violence.
Abstract: Though the term was originally applied exclusively to white youths, it may now include young people from various ethnic backgrounds. Stoners usually congregate at a particular area of a street or at a street corner; they average around 30 core members and any number of peripherally involved juveniles. Like other gangs, they have been implicated in such activities as gang fighting, truancy, marijuana use, violent purse snatchings, burglaries, dealing in stolen goods, and drive-by shootings. Their typical characteristics include the wearing of concert T-shirts advertising heavy metal music groups, jeans, and black shoes; long hair; and nicknames or monikers relating to the occult or satanism. This unique link to satanism is also expressed through symbols and references in their graffiti and dress; some gangs have even been known to enter burial vaults or use ritual sacrifice of small animals. Unlike traditional gangs which originate in poor neighborhoods, stoners cut across socioeconomic lines. Basic satanic/occult symbols used in graffiti, a list of hard core heavy metal bands, and a stoner name list are appended.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Cults; Graffiti; Juvenile gang behavior patterns
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