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September 18, 2005

The Gang Scene in Madison

Doug Erickson takes a useful look around Madison's gang scene, including the recent events in Oregon. Erickson also mentions this Wednesday's SIS supported event, lead by Rafael Gomez on Gangs and School Violence (9.21 @ 7:00p.m.):

"It sets a watershed mark for the number of individuals involved in one event," said Stephen Blue, who has studied local gangs since 1986 and is delinquency services manager for the Dane County Department of Human Services.

Blue is among panelists scheduled to discuss gangs and school violence Wednesday at the Doyle Administration Building of the Madison School District. The event is sponsored by, a Web site devoted to school issues.

Rafael Gomez, a district parent who helped organize the forum and will be its moderator, said the topic was chosen before the Oregon shootings.

"One of the questions we will be asking the panel is how the whole issue of gangs in our schools has changed in the last 10 years," he said. "I think that's a good way to frame the situation in Oregon."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at September 18, 2005 7:54 AM
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