Mr. C: What made you join a gang?
K: I was born in the gang. I grew up around it, my family.
Mr. C: So it’s always been that way?
K: My whole life. This is all I’ve ever known.
It’s conversations like this that help me understand my students more.
A discussion during lunch:
S: Mr. C I’m about to get a new tattoo.
Mr. C: Oh yeah?
S: I’m gon’ put m o b on my back.
Mr. C: Mob?
S: Yeah, mob gang.
Mr. C: Mob gang?
S: Yeah money over bitches.
Mr. C: I don’t think that’s a good idea.
S: It’s gon’ hurt like hell.
Mr. C: Well that would be another reason not to.
1st block with juniors:
While walking down the hall.
T: Man Mr. C, don’t ever get in a gang.
Mr. C: I never did.
T: It’s like school.
Mr. C: You mean because you have to go, even if you don’t want to.
T: Yeah. (pulls out a piece of paper with writing.)
I have to memorize all of this in 2 days.
Mr. C: Initiation?