Effects of Youth Crime A kid walks down the crowded hallway at school. He is late to his class so he is going as fast as he can. In his hurry, he accidentally bumps into another kid. The other kid backs off and starts yelling at the first one. He asks why he bumped into him, and was he trying to start something?

The first kid hastily apologizes as he turns and starts to race down the hall toward his third period class. The second kid takes this the wrong way and pulls out a handgun, the crowd around him quickly disperses as they see the gun. He aims his gun at the first kid and says take this you punk! He quickly pulls the trigger several times, the bullets tearing through the first's body. He falls to the ground, dead. Things like this happen every day.

Kids hurting other kids, it's not something that should be happening. Because of things like this, there are many rules and regulations at schools and other places that there wasn't before. Youth violence happens every day and it is tearing society apart. A lot of crimes now days are committed by kids, people under the age of 21. They do all sorts of crime, they murder one another, they steal things, they paint graffiti on the wall. Crime is worse than it ever has been.

It used to be the mob that people were scared of, now it's the gangs. If you cross a member of a gang, you can bet that his friends will get you back for him. Gangways are especially dangerous, it starts with just two people, one from one gang and one from another gang. One of them does something to the other, like stab him, and then the victim's friends will get the attacker. It continues to escalate until it is all out war. Stopping gang wars is just one small step to stopping youth violence.

Gangs are not the only youth's who commit crime. There are tons of kids who steal from stores, do and sell drugs, vandalize buildings and a lot of other things as well. These kids are just as large of a problem as the gang members are. Some kids think that stealing a candy bar here, a pair of jeans there, is totally harmless. They think that they aren't stealing that much, so it doesn't really matter. Or some kids think that they are beautifying the city by painting on the sides of buildings.

Both are wrong, what they are doing is a crime. They shouldn't be doing it, and have got to stop. A lot of kids complain that they have no freedom, or that there are to many rules and restrictions at school or in society. The reason that there are so many rules and restrictions is because of all the youth crime there is.

If kids would learn to stop stealing, doing drugs, being in gangs and all of the other crimes they do, a lot of the rules and restrictions would be lifted and they would have more freedom. At school, kids are not allowed to wear hats or bandannas. They cannot wear these because they are "gang" related. Many gangs have formed, most have their own special colors, almost like school colors.

They were their gang colors with pride as school kids wear their school colors with pride. When one group of kids from one gang, sees another group of kids from another gang, fighting can occur. Sometimes the fighting can lead to more serious stuff like stabbings, shootings, and murders. Because of youth violence, there are many restrictions at school. A kid walks down the crowded hallway at school. The second kid backs off and says that he is sorry.

The first one apologizes in turn and they both turn away from each other without another word. What could have been a disaster was diverted, with a little common courtesy a conflict was resolved. This is how it could be, should be. Everyone should treat each other with respect.

Gangs have got to stop, and kids have to stop committing crimes, no matter how insignificant they might think they are. Only when this has happened will youth violence stop.