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Mike's Thoughts

Testimonials

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."

3 Big Lies All Gangs Tell

#1 Protection

Lie

Gang members tell themselves they must belong to a gang to remain safe, before, during, and after school

Truth

Membership in a street gang exponentially increases risk of physical danger to the gang member.

#2 Belonging

Lie

Gangs claim to treat you like a family and care about your welfare. They claim not to judge and to accept you as you are - good or bad as that may be.

Truth

Gangs function directly opposite of true families. Where true families sacrifice, for example, for the benefit of individuals, the gang requires the individual to sacrifice for the whole. Further, the gang does judge you by requiring a certain type of dress and adherence to a rules code, often enforced violently.

#3 Respect

Lie

Gang members always mistake fear as respect. They continually worry about who is, or is not, showing a proper amount of "respect/fear". Fear does share many results with respect but there is a significant difference.

Truth

One can make another afraid but no one can force another to have regard for another person. The difference between respect and fear is the difference between repulsion and attraction.