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Posted On: 12th Jan 2017

Impact of Gang Life

Alisha Mitchell
The film shows how a family are impacted by gang crime
The film shows the thoughts of a gang member's family and friends

A young woman from London has created a film with Fixers showing the impact that gang life has on families.

 

Alisha Mitchell, 21, knew someone who was in a gang and saw the effect that it had on their loved ones.

 

She has created a film which shows the thoughts of a gang member’s mum, dad, sister and friend.

 

‘I knew someone who got involved in a gang when they were 11,’ she says.

 

‘It all began when he started secondary school. He went from being the oldest to the youngest in school and I think that made him vulnerable and easy to manipulate.

 

‘His behaviour started to change - he was out late all the time and his family didn’t know where he was.

 

‘He was getting into fights and one of my friends saw him in New Cross with a group of boys who were a lot older than him.

 

‘He eventually ended up getting kicked out of school and had to go to a different one.

 

  

‘His sister found a knife in his bag and told his mum. Social services got involved and he started working with an organisation which helps young people in gangs.

 

'He got to talk to older people who had been in gangs and they told him what the repercussions had been for them and offered him support.

 

'He managed to get out of the gang and he's doing a lot better now, but there are still families in that situation.'

 

Alisha, who grew up in Forest Hill but has since moved to America, adds ‘I saw how much it hurt his family and I made the film because I feel like people aren’t aware of this.

 

'Whenever anyone thinks about gangs they think of how the person directly involved is affected, but their friends and family members really suffer too.’

 

Alisha hopes to share the film in primary schools and wants to show it to pupils before they go to secondary school.

 

‘I hope it helps them with the transitioning process and shows them that they don’t have to be forced into gang crime.’

 

This project is supported by L&Q Housing Association

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Molly Kersey

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