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Chicago police have their eyes pealed The gangs on the street are on high alert Just hours before six bullets ripped through a football game at the community park A fourteen year old and a twelve year old seriously injured and a thirteen-year old by stander killed by a stray bullet The suspect a fourteen year-old gang member Isaac Cleaves Two days later Isaac is found hiding in the basement of an abandoned building You might believe that this is a rare case but think again Everyday in America 365 teenagers are injured or killed by the violence of teenagers Youth violence is a growing problem in our schools as well as our city and rural neighborhoods Gang participation is has increased 26 since 1986 and the crimes committed by children become more and more brutal every day Something must be done to solve this increasing problem Whether it be church youth groups or the building of new community centers the youth of today are begging for a shelter in which to hide them from the brutality of societyEvery day it seems the media carries shocking stories about juveniles who commit crimes Extensive media coverage of these crimes has increased the nations concern about the types of crimes committed by juveniles As Margaret O Hyde writes in Kids In and Out of Trouble not long ago kids were considered hopelessly delinquent when they skipped a day of school stole and apple from a grocer broke a window or went joyriding with the family car without permission Today many juveniles sell drugs rape rob and shoot to kill While it is true that juveniles do rape rob and kill it is also true that a large number of American children commit all types of crime In 1995 29929000 young people between the ages of ten and seventeen lived in the United States During this same year13829000 cases went through the nations juvenile courts Those cases
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