Social media can be a space to represent affiliation, post threats, and promote gang activities.
Youth may suddenly withdraw from longtime friends and develop a new friend group.
Young people may show a sudden interest in gangsta/gangster rap or movies, which highlight gang culture.
music and movies
There may be a sudden preoccupation with safety and constant surveying the area for danger.
There may be a sudden need for secrecy, displaying anger, aggression, deviance, and withdrawing from family and community.
Possession of firearms or weapons could be a sign of criminal or gang involvement.
Young people can have nonaccidental injuries from being beaten or injuries to the hands and knuckles.