Halloween traditionally lends itself to creepy stories and exaggerated tales of terror meant to instill fear in the audience. Ghost stories and slasher movies remind us all to lock our doors, be leery of strangers, and to check the backseat before you drive your car. While some of these stories may be rooted in reality, every year we hear stories that are simply fiction. Some stories that get circulated around the Internet, and through home owners association meetings are about gang initiations happening on or around the date of Halloween. The popular internet site Snopes. These are just a few of the more common urban legends we hear around this time each year.
There are three major types of street gangs, each defined by factors such as prerequisites for inclusion, location or gang activities:. Most gang members are exposed to gangs at a young age. The money and respect that older gang members earn impresses them. They may begin hanging around gang members, finding out who is important and learning what the gang does. This can happen as early as age 10 or
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For JT, a young prospect making his way into a local Brooklyn branch of the Crips, joining the gang is about family: getting close to a group of men that care about him and are willing to back him up if he ever finds himself in trouble. But getting initiated isn't easy. We followed JT through the process to hear what drew him to the gang in the first place, and why he's so eager to suffer through a brutal beating known as getting "squared in. Workers say they will strike Tuesday because the Amazon subsidiary has failed to prioritize their safety during a period of record sales.