Mike's Thoughts


Assistant Superintendent, School District No. 42, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

"I'd like to comment on the fabulous presentation by Mike Knox. His energy and knowledge was transformed to the children in a very positive, exciting manner. The children have basic facts about gangs and the consequences, however it becomes more real and valid when reinforced by a person of his caliber. I would highly recommend his presentation to other students. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to hear his presentation."

Pre-Crisis Indicators

Here are some warning signs that someone you know may be in or involved with a gang.

Pre-Crisis Indicators

  1. Sudden self-segregation.
  2. Clustering of rival groups.
  3. Unusual movement of groups from their normal territory.
  4. Students attending school event which they do not normally attend.
  5. Isolated racial fights.
  6. Violent incident or disorder in the community.
  7. Discovery of weapons on or around school property.
  8. Increased conflict on buses, at bus stops, and along bus routes.
  9. Increased concern among custodial, cafeteria and transportation personnel.
  10. Parents withdrawing students to protect them.
  11. Older students attempting to protect younger students who are not their siblings.
  12. Increase in gang graffiti on walls, textbooks, and papers.
  13. "X-ing" out of graffiti on walls, fences, etc. in the neighborhood.
  14. Sudden and excessive change of style or manner of wearing clothes.
  15. Limited color choices of clothing (usually to one or two colors only).
  16. The sudden interest and excessive concern about the condition of accessories, such as bandannas.