Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5840A - YOUTH GANGS

Board of Education policy prohibits all student organizations other than those approved by the Board under Policy 2430. In order to prevent the development of any type of youth gang, the following administrative guidelines are to be followed.

Definition

A youth gang is defined as any nonschool-sponsored group of students with secret and/or exclusive membership, whose purposes or practices include unlawful or anti-social behavior as well as actions that threaten the welfare of others. Staff members should be alert to the following indicators of youth gang activity:

 

A.

surreptitious recruitment and/or initiation rites

   
 

B.

grooming, hair style and/or wearing of clothing, jewelry, head coverings, or accessories which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark or other attribute denotes membership in a group

   
 

C.

gang tattoos and/or displaying gang markings or slogans on school or personal property or clothing

   
 

D.

possessing literature that indicates gang membership

   
 

E.

fighting, assault, hazing, extortion, establishing turf, use of hand signals, etc.

   
 

F.

gang vocabulary and nicknames

   
 

G.

possession of beepers or cellular phones

   
 

H.

possession of weapons or explosive materials

   
 

I.

possession of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia

   
 

J.

attendance at functions sponsored by a gang or known members

   
 

K.

exhibiting behavior fitting police profiles of gang-related drug dealing

     
 

L.

being arrested or stopped by police with a known gang member

   
 

M.

selling or distributing drugs for a known gang member

   
 

N.

helping a known gang member commit a crime, or any other action directly resulting from membership or interest in a gang

Intervention Procedures

Any or all of the following steps may be taken if a student in any school activity is suspected of or identified as being a member of a gang, shows interest in joining a gang, initiates or participates in any gang-related activity, or has been approached for recruitment.

 

A.

Parents/Guardians will be contacted immediately and appropriate intervention initiated.

   
 

B.

The student may be referred to counseling (personal and/or family); the Department of Human Services or other welfare or child care agencies of the respective county; and/or outside agencies or programs for treatment, if use of drugs and/or alcohol is involved.

   
 

C.

Police, Juvenile Court, and other appropriate authorities will be notified in case of violence and/or illegal activities.

   
 

D.

The student may be suspended from school or from a school-sponsored activity.

   
 

E.

Parents and the student will be held liable and financially responsible for any and all forms of vandalism.

Community Cooperation

Since gang activity is a community concern, communication is to be maintained with the police department as well as private and community agencies on all matters related to gang activity within the schools and in the community.

The extent of involvement and jurisdiction of school personnel in gang-related incidents occurring off District property will be determined by Superintendent, in cooperation with legal counsel and the police, and will take into consideration the nature of the incident, the safety of the those involved, the effect of the incident on other students, and the good order and functioning of the District.

Enforcement

In order to prevent the onset of gang-related activity:

 

A.

Adherence to the Dress Code, as defined in the Parent/Student Handbook, will be required at all school activities.

   
 

B.

Conduct for all District-sponsored activities on and off school property will be in accord with the Code of Conduct.

   
 

C

If there is reasonable suspicion of gang involvement, such as possession of weapons or drugs, search and seizure guideline (AG 5771) will be followed.

   
 

D.

Parents are to be encouraged to prohibit their children from hosting or attending unsupervised parties or activities.

   
 

E.

Any form of graffiti on District property will be removed immediately.

© Neola 2013