] "Let's face it: Gangs already have their own alphabet,
] their own language, their own hand signals, so why not
] use the Internet?" said Tod Burke, a criminal justice
] professor at Radford University in Virginia. "Is this
] case unusual? Yes. But what I'm afraid is going to
] happen, this is probably just the beginning of it."
] In fact, gangs threatening rivals and issuing challenges
] on the Internet has become relatively common, said Jared
] Lewis, director of Know Gangs, a Wisconsin-based
] organization that educates police and the public about
] gangs. It's fueled in part, he said, by chat rooms and
] bulletin boards on gangster rap artists' Web sites, he
If you ever find yourself at a public place where any two large angry groups of people seem to be converging, exit the area.
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