Secret Societies/Gang Activity
At the principal’s discretion, staff members may use the following techniques to discourage the influence of gangs:
- Any student wearing or carrying overt gang paraphernalia or making gestures that symbolize gang affiliation will be referred to the principal or designee. The student’s parents/guardians will be contacted and the student sent home to change clothes if necessary.
- Any gang graffiti on school premises will be quietly removed, washed down or painted over as soon as discovered.
- Daily checks for graffiti will be made throughout the campus, including restroom walls and doors.
- 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.
- 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.
- Staff members will actively promote membership in authorized student organizations that can provide students companionship, safety and a sense of purpose and belonging.
Gang prevention education
Gang prevention instruction offered in the schools will include some or all of the following:
- Explain the dangers of gang membership.
- Include lessons or role-playing workshops in nonviolent conflict resolution and gang avoidance skills.
- Promote constructive activities available in the community.
- Involve students in structured, goal-oriented community service projects.
- Encourage positive school behavior.
Gang prevention lessons may be taught jointly by teachers and law enforcement officers.
Gang prevention classes or counseling offered for parents/guardians will address the following topics:
- Dangers of gang membership.
- The nature of local gang apparel and graffiti.
- Ways to deal effectively with one’s children.
- Warning signs which may indicate that children are at risk of becoming involved with gangs.
Community programs offered for staff, parents/guardians, churches, city officials, business leaders and the media will address:
- The scope and nature of local gang problems.
- Ways that each segment of the community can help to alleviate these problems.
Staff members will make efforts to assimilate gang-oriented students into the academic, extracurricular and social mainstream and into work experience programs. To this end:
- Staff members will be provided with the names of known gang members.
- Insofar as possible, classroom teachers will assign individual gang-oriented students to cooperative learning groups in which they may work toward common goals with students who are not members of their gang.
- Students who seek help in rejecting gang associations may be referred to community-based gang suppression and prevention organizations.
Approved: December 14, 1993
Revised: August 9, 2005
Revised: September 23, 2014
Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado