What Wake County, N.C., students wear or what hand gestures they make could get them suspended as part of a crackdown on gangs in school, says the Raleigh News & Observer. A policy approved yesterday by a school board committee would give principals more authority to suspend students who wear gang clothing or engage in other gang-related activity. “We want to send a message to students and parents that gang activity will not be tolerated,” said Wake Forest-Rolesvile High School Principal Andre Smith. “It gives principals more teeth.” Indications are that gang activity is rising statewide and in Wake County. John Rothecker, the school system’s interim senior director for security, said seven identified gangs are operating in the schools, including the Bloods, Crips, and Surenos.
Cary, N.C., Police Capt. David Wulff said his town has more teens wearing colors associated with gangs. “The graffiti grows, and more kids are seen dressed in blues and reds,” he said. “It’s all around us. We know more is coming.” Examples of prohibited behavior under the new policy include wearing clothing, jewelry or tattoos associated with gangs; using gestures associated with gangs; spraying graffiti or encouraging people to join gangs.