File:  JICF-R

SECRET SOCIETIES/GANG ACTIVITY

Gangs

At the principal's discretion, staff members may use the following techniques to discourage the influence of gang:

1.  Any student wearing or carrying overt gang paraphernalia or making gestures that symbolize gang members will be referred to the principal or his/her designee.  The student's parents/guardian will be contacted and the student sent home to change clothes if necessary.

2.  Any gang graffiti on school premises will be quickly removed, washed down or painted over as soon as discovered:

a.   Daily checks for graffiti will be made throughout the campus, including restroom walls and doors.

b.  Graffiti will be photographed before it is removed.  These photographs will be shared with local law enforcement authorities and used in future disciplinary or criminal action against the offenders.

3.  Classroom and after-school programs at each school will be designed to enhance individual self-esteem, provide positive reinforcement for acceptable behavior and foster interest in a variety of wholesome activities.

4.  Staff members will actively promote membership in authorized students organizations, which can provide students companionship, safety and a sense of purpose and belonging.

Intervention Measures

Staff members will make every effort to assimilate gang-oriented students into the academic, extracurricular and social mainstream and into work experience programs.  To this end:

1.  Staff members will be provided with the names of known gang members.

2.  Insofar as possible, classroom teachers will assign individual gang-oriented student to cooperative learning groups in which they may work toward common goals with students who are not members of their gang.

3.  Students who seek help in rejecting gang associations may be referred to community-based gang suppression and prevention organizations.

Adopted:  10/26/93

ACSD 14, Colorado