Click here to read a story about gangs in Clarksville, Tennessee. (Be sure to check all the articles as it was a series over a couple of days.) It is still an amazing concept that officials continue to say "we don't want to legitimize gangs by talking about them." Hello!? Seems one would realize that this does exactly the opposite. Imagine a gonna-be gangster reading the paper and saying- "We will show them credibility."
I remember years ago being criticized for actually discussing teen suicide with, gasp, teens. People said I could be encouraging a youngster to end their life. Baloney. Of course we now know it is important to deal with these issues up front. Does not talking to teens about sex keep them from having it? Ha.
I certainly hope the community in Clarksville comes together to deal with the issue in a sane and safe fashion. Go to www.GangWar.com and download the Current Trend and Realities of Gangs in Arkansas file to see what they should do about the issue.