bullet Gang graffiti in their bedroom on items such as books, posters and bedroom walls
bullet Wearing gang clothing or gang colors
bullet Excessive swearing or cursing
bullet Using hand signals to communicate with "friends", other gang members
bullet Having photos showing gang names, gang slogans, gang insignia or gang activities
bullet Disclosure of gang membership
bullet Witnesses connecting the young person to gang activity
bullet Initiation activities – "rites of passage"
bullet Contact with law enforcement and/or probation officers
bullet May carry hidden weapons
Once in the gang, the child’s behavior may change either suddenly or gradually by:
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