Gangs – an introduction
The word ‘gang’ can have many different meanings.
It could mean a group of friends. People say “I am hanging out with my gang” and this usually just means that they are hanging out with their friends.
It could mean a criminal gang. In this lesson, we are learning about criminal gangs.
What is a criminal gang?
Sometimes gangs are violent and might fight other gangs or carry weapons.
Some gangs take part in criminal activity and might try to get you involved with them. Being part of a gang like this can be dangerous. Sometimes you can be forced to commit a crime or do things that are unsafe.
If a gang carries knives or other weapons, they might get them out to show off or intimidate people. This can be very scary for other people, especially if they think the gang will use them.