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March 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gangs in Seattle

Commit to standing up in schools and neighborhoods

I’m writing in response to the series of articles written about gangs [“Schools, city must work together against gangs,” editorial, March 4] with an idea for schools:

Commit to standing up to gangs by using all technologies available to researching them; exposing them by putting up pictures of them in your school hallways; and charting their history, causes, behaviors, trajectories, intimidation tactics, grueling harm-done, the cost of their ultimate incarcerations, etc.

Data-mine them in every language available to you and continue to post it as one of the most important school assignments to date.

Restructure your schools internally, as well as the curricula and sports programs. Partner with others besides law enforcement and parents to patrol hallways, school grounds and communities to resolve gang-related issues.

Then, ask yourselves: How can we prevent their formations and obvious success in negatively impacting our schools and communities, if we don’t continue the great work The Times’ writers and photographers have done by writing these articles?

— Victoria Kenna, Bellingham

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