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John Bays
ASSERTIONS ARE NOT FACTS
11:20 AM on 03/24/2012
Unfortunately this type of film follows the "Scared Straight" format. The average adult watching these films has already aged past their personal danger zone and takes away the logical conclusion - thank God I didn't go there. Teenagers exposed to the same information - are at the age of raging hormones - they see the excitement of the risk taker and they fail to think about where the road is likely to take them. The Gang replaces family - hedonism is always preferable to structure for a teenager.

Best answer - parenting skills - doesn't seem to matter much how you get there but somehow there has to be teenage acquiescence to parental control. {of course the parental control does not work if you are the adult hosting the gang parties and having the "SleepOvers"}
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MIVOTE
Adds wisdom to knowledge
12:13 PM on 03/24/2012
Fanned John....

"Scared Straight" formats have been documented not to work...and I see no appeal to show youth her daughter who has decided not to give it up...there are many other more appropriate learning tools for teens with raging hormones...including parenting programs.
WhatevaCleva
Love, Peace...and Soul!
05:43 PM on 03/24/2012
Well stated John.
09:11 AM on 03/24/2012
Throw a fence around them and let them shoot each other up since they have no regard or respect for life whether it's their own or someone else's !
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vividrick
I came, I saw...I had a cup of tea!
08:52 AM on 03/24/2012
Mr Spurlock, sign this documentary up please, looks fascinating.
06:12 AM on 03/24/2012
Nooooooo,
The mother must be lying.
The daughter too,
Theyre probably setting the stage for a reality tv program "GangBanger Gone Good"
Young folks never do anything wrong.
Where are all of the protests and marchers to protect this young ladys rights?
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plepgeat
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03:30 AM on 03/24/2012
Glad to see that Islam is as useless as Christianity when it comes to maintaining the moral compass of our youth.
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MIVOTE
Adds wisdom to knowledge
12:14 PM on 03/24/2012
LOL! So it seems they are all useless....Perhaps it starts in the home with paying attention.
schlinky
someone still cares
03:48 PM on 03/24/2012
If anything religion adds to the Hate.If we teach Humanism instead of Religion and instill a sense of pride and selfrespect into our Children we'd have a lot less killings and other Crimes.The only thing religion teaches is obeyence to the Church, Mosque or Temple.Teach Children that their Body is the Temple and they will start looking after it.
09:14 AM on 03/25/2012
What part of the Ten Comandments teaches hate?
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TaxpayingVoter
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01:16 AM on 03/24/2012
A lot of kids come to gangs because they don't feel they 'belong' anywhere and they find a sense of 'family' inside. They know their fellows will stand up for them as they will stand up for their fellows.

Also, the element of danger can be intoxicating for young people.

Of course there a whole lot of other reasons, but I'm not writing a book here...lol
10:49 AM on 03/24/2012
Your comment reminds me of a paper I wrote for a class comparing gangs and runaways. You just summed it up right there.
WhatevaCleva
Love, Peace...and Soul!
05:45 PM on 03/24/2012
I was watching a show the other night about the Crips and the 3 members that were interviewed said the exact same thing. The gang was their family and they liked the thrill of gang life...too sad.
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amd02148
12:04 AM on 03/25/2012
whatavacleva what's even sadder is the way these gang members are brainwashed. They "think" they're all a family but once someone goes to jail to do hard time none of their "family" comes to visit them, send them money, accepts collect calls etc. But some people have to learn to not believe the hype.
01:06 AM on 03/24/2012
I saw the 4 minute clip, and two things seem to be missing. First, what happens when the gang's criminal activities conflict with the girl's goals for her life, schooling, career chances, etc.?
Second, for a gang film to really capture the viewers, there have to be interviews of other girls in the gang. If there is no information from any of the other gang members, like real interviews or video of them "in action," that's a big missing piece of the puzzle.
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Raw Ron
Fox news: we distort, you comply´╗┐
10:51 PM on 03/23/2012
I so came to this thread for the wrong reason.I think I have a problem.
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TaxpayingVoter
Support Marriage Equality
01:14 AM on 03/24/2012
You won't find that kinda bangin' on the HP...lol
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consciousparty
idealist? yah that's me
10:11 PM on 03/23/2012
heres the genesis (without actually having watched the video) " hey, i got an idea- you join a gang and i'll document it, we'll be rich and more so when your time is up... yah- that's the ticket- yahh" ;) so sad
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cleylol
Mad to live
10:09 PM on 03/23/2012
The sad thing is they think they're fighting a war, when they're really not. It's all about made up divisions and mental prejudice against someone that looked at you wrong. It's ridiculous.
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Ashiedu Nwadiei
09:31 PM on 03/23/2012
Awareness. This is how stuff like this happens. It's not always kids with drug addict parents. It's access and environment a lot of the time.
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skylover
I want my country forward!
10:26 PM on 03/23/2012
...and the environment in Africa?

...in every ghetto in every city in every country on the planet?

sometimes it comes down to something more than blaming somebody or someTHING else (as you are doing)
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Ashiedu Nwadiei
11:20 PM on 03/23/2012
I'm not getting what you're trying to say. Some thing apply in certain situations, others don't. White people might date black people because of access and environment. You're just being silly. What I was trying to imply besides what I said is that black people don't just join gangs because they're black. I never joined a gang or even smoked weed because of lack of access. I knew gangsters, but it's not like I was in their circles or ever in line to join a gang. I wouldn't even know where to start.

...and yes, Trayvon was racially profiled because of his race.
09:09 PM on 03/23/2012
Anyone else out there think these gang bangers should be treated more harshly? Like lifetime in prison or summary execution say after 2 or 3 violent felonies? How many youngsters, like Trayvon, must we sacrifice to gangs.
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consciousparty
idealist? yah that's me
10:07 PM on 03/23/2012
no doubt- that gang of neighborhood watch thugs who back Trayvon's murderer deserve time
09:04 PM on 03/23/2012
I wrote three different comments and erased all three.
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plepgeat
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03:31 AM on 03/24/2012
Good for you!
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mikey09
Living off the grid.
08:53 PM on 03/23/2012
It would seem this mother has some resources, if my child was putting her life in danger like this we would be packing it up and moving to the frozen land of northern alaska before I let her continue on this path....is this a hoax for money?
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nasknit
Freedom isn't free.
01:05 AM on 03/24/2012
It does make you wonder. And, IF it is true, what does it say about the mother's priorities?
ewwthatsnasty
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08:38 PM on 03/23/2012
i always wonder how parents do not know kids are in a gang. you can't be with your kids 24/7 but being in a gang is not something that can be easily hidden unless you are really trying to NOT pay attention. you couldn't tell she only wore 1 color? couldn't see tattoos? shady friends? give me a break. she checked out as a mother and let the streets raise her kid.