I know the answer to this because I was related to a gang member. If your child starts wearing certain colors like, black, blue, red ect, It is a possible sign they are affiliated with a gang. If they start telling you they want to be called by a different name, It is most likely the nick name given to them by the gang, If they tell you they don't want you in their room, It's because they are stashing stolen goods from robberies or they are in possession of drugs which they are selling for the gang or getting high off the drugs themselves. If they tell you they want their own phone, It's because they want to be able to communicate with the gang about gang activity. If kids in your family start stating that they are witnessing shootings by gang members that wear certain colors, it's because the gang members committing the crimes are in the gang your child is affiliated with or in another gang. My cousin started wearing Black, He told his parents he wanted to be called Tony Instead of Anthony. He said he didn't want them in his room and he wanted his own phone line. My cousin was in a gang that wore black and blue from 1988 to 1995 I received 27 visits from the police and I witnessed 20 shootings and 1 stabbing. I was even harassed by rival gang members who wore red. I was concerned I could get shot or stabbed, so I had to defend myself. 3 people in that rival gang got the idea to kill kids related to people in the gang, and they tried to kill me and shot a Mexican girl by mistake. I even received a visit from a rival gang member wanting to know who shot his brother. The only place being in a gang leads anyone is in Jail, dead, or their relatives dead.
The tell-a-tale signs which give in are the reclusive or moody nature of children. Children can display extreme forms of behaviour wearing flashing clothes in combination like gold and black or black and blue. The attire reflects the personality of a person. If you see your child wearing rings or gold pendants in the shape of weapons, dollars or anything bizarre, you have reasons to believe that your child is a member of the bad boys club. Your child may not reveal truth about where he can be located. He will probably have two mobile phone numbers. He will not be able to maintain eye contact with you, when you confront him. He will value privacy and at times even quarrel with you for his right to privacy. Your son or daughter who is a part of the gang will not appreciate you meeting their friends. Your kid may stop talking to his or her old friends and may be uncertain meeting people whom you introduce. Further your child may have a huge amount of cash lying unexplained. Other noticeable signs include late out stay, dropping school grades, fights with neighbourhood boys, vandalism, using cuss words, alcohol abuse, taking to drugs and telling a lot of unnecessary lies to justify their deeds.