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NCJ Number: 141820 Find in a Library
Title: Dancing on the Edge of Disorder: A School Responds
Corporate Author: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Hawthorne Intermediate School in Hawthorne, California, has taken a vigilant approach to dealing with problems related to the 16 gangs operating in the community. Gang insignia and clothing are prohibited, students are not allowed to use gang- type writing or mark their notebooks with gang symbols, and there are well-established discipline policies in place to deal with violations.
Abstract: However, in the winter of 1991, school administrators noticed a high number of female students complaining about other female students, citing fear of physical harm, harassment on the way home from school, escalating hostility, and threatening mannerisms exhibited at school. This activity culminated in a physical fight between two female students and the violence spilled over into the community when rival gangs began to threaten each other. The following day, school administrators implemented an emergency plan in which students were kept separate as much as possible and the combatants were placed on home study following their suspensions. The tension stemmed from the formation of a "dance group" whose members were required to undergo initiation rites including shoplifting, truancy, smoking, drinking, fighting, and having sex. School administrators, working with local police and parents, met with the girls involved to help mediate their hostilities. The school then formed a legitimate, after-school dance club in which girls from the various gang factions participated. Tensions at the school have been significantly reduced.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs; School delinquency programs
Index Term(s): California
Note: School Safety Update, March 1992.
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