The primary effect of gangsterism in schools is its negative impact on the student learning and school attendance. Students feel threatened by gang members, and therefore are hesitant to attend class. Gang members have been known to steal other students' supplies, hindering learning even more.
Gangs in schools are a big concern to administrators, teachers, students and families. In addition to the disruption of classes, there are other ongoing issues that have a negative impact on the students who are targets of the bullying.
- Gang members may steal items such as backpacks, books, paper and clothing such as jackets or gym clothes.
- Some students may be physically harmed by gang members, including taking money by force, or fighting at recess or after school.
- Verbal threats and sexual harassment are enough to deter some students from attending school.
- Dealing with gangsterism takes away from the time teachers need to instruct their students, thus creating an ineffective teaching and learning environment. Gangs disrupt classes and undermine the educational goals the teachers are striving for.
Schools have a variety of options when it comes to combating gangsterism. These options include restructuring policies on bullying, a significant presence from local law enforcement and anti-bullying education for students and staff.