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Consequences of Joining a Gang
What can happen to kids who join gangs? The initiation into some gangs involves being jumped in. This usually means getting into a fight to see how tough they are. Some kids are seriously beaten by several members as part of this jumping in process. Others are required to commit criminal acts.

Although some kids are able to outgrow this stage, others cannot. Many gang members develop serious patterns of alcohol and drug abuse, criminal behavior, and violence. Some are seriously injured or killed, others end up in prison, and many are unable to obtain good jobs because of their past.