Little thugs

Middle-school and elemntary children are forming junior gangs in Boston, reports the Globe. The story focuses on Malcolm, 12, who’s formed a crew, and his seven-year-old brother, a wannabe gangster. They idolize their 21-year-old brother, who’s awaiting trial for a double murder. Their cousin Cedric, 14, has joined the crew.

Malcolm said the young males in the crew, originally called Young Mob and recently renamed Bangin’ Little Thugs, protect their territory by beating up anyone who challenges them. He said they don’t run drugs or guns or steal cars like many older gangs do to make money.

“We take it from people we don’t like,” Malcolm said.

Malcolm is facing charges that he participated in the beating and robbery of a boy earlier this year.

The boys’ mothers want to sign them up for a summer camp or after-school program but don’t know where to find alternatives to the streets.

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  1. They idolize their 21-year-old brother, who’s awaiting trial for a double murder.

    Sadly this happens too often. Two years ago, I had a 6th grader who was a full-fledged gangbanger because of his adoration for his older brother who was in prison. He is one of the few children I have ever taught where I feared that in a few years I would read about him in the newspaper as either being dead or on his way to jail.