News Observation Paper
Gang turf wars endure in south Orange County
Currently, a number of children are being pressured into gang violence and activity.
As mentioned in the article a South County school teacher, Gia Lugo, a resident of San Juan Capistrano, feels it is necessary to take extra precautions in her city, due to the cities gang violence and vandalism problems occurring. When teaching she was always “Careful not to let students know that she lives in San Juan Capistrano and never told people in San Juan where she worked.” Lugo believes that outreach programs are important to help children and there families in gang prevention and education because, “merely arresting kids isn’t going to fix anything. We want police to crack down, but enforcement is not enough.” One resident frustrated with the problem says that, “The community has to bond and say, ‘We want our streets back.’ If the kids can get together to form a gang, why can’t the parents get together to stop them?”
The chief of San Clemente, Sheriff Lt. Paul D’Auria, said, “gang activity can be curbed only if parents get involved in their kids lives. Everyone looks at the police and asks, ‘What are you going to do?’ We’ve come to the point where we’ve done all we can. It’s up to the parents.” Sheriff’s Sgt. Nancy Gafner of San Clemente is establishing parenting classes in Spanish and English for families who have problem teens.
Seven months prior to the June 6 teen rivalry, which resulted in the killing of a 14-year-old San Juan Capistrano boy, Orange County’s district attorney obtained an injunction to try to fuse the ongoing problem. The injunction prohibited approximately 230 gang members from both cities, to congregate or engage in any type of gang activity in specific neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, the juveniles involved in this particular case were not included in the injunction. According to law enforcement officials,...