Updated 02 March 2004, 11.43
Lots of kids are in gangs for different reasons.
Some join one because they're interested in the same things, some to avoid being bullied and others just because they like hanging out with a big group of mates.
Are you in a gang? If so, do you feel more protected in a big crowd?
Or have you ever felt intimidated by a gang? Do they frighten you?
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I'm in a gang and we don't hang around just to cause trouble. We have a laugh most the time but we all stick up for each other when other gangs try and fight us.
Nathan, 15, Wednesbury
It depends on what type of gang you're in. If your gang goes to church a lot and they're really religious then it's fine! But if they bully a lot then I'm totally against it!
Shereen, 9, Cardiff
I think there is a difference between a gang which just likes the company of one another and a gang which takes advantage of being in a big group by intimidating others.
Sky and Star, 12 + 14, Southampton
I think gangs are OK. But some people just join them to be cool. But some use violence.
Amy, 10, Dovercourt
Gangs R sometimes OK but some locally are loud and hang up my road they make me feel uncomfortable because they wind up my mum. I worry that they'll hurt her if she says anything or vandalise the house.
I don't like gangs because if you don't belong in one in your class, you just get left out, because they don't let new people in.
Judith, 14, South London
I don't think it's the gang itself, I think it's the people who are in it.
Helena, 13, Grimsby
Gangs are fine. I happen to be in one but we get accused of things we haven't done because we go out in a large group, we are not loud or abusive to anyone.
Ellie, 14, Hull
I don't think gangs are a bad thing. Lots of people associate gangs with drugs, drink and bullies. They aren't all a bad thing. Lots of gangs are just a group of friends that stick up for each other.
Dorz, 11, Ireland
I'm like Tiesha from Aldershot I'm in a gang and all we do is have a laugh and we certainly wouldn't bully anyone
Hannah, 10, Hailsham
One of my best friends is hoping to leave our school and move because she's being bullied by a gang of kids who think they are "cool" and therefore a cut above the rest of us.
Hazel, 11, Cambridge
I think gangs are like sheep. They all do the same as one another. And usually what they are doing is bad.
Gareth, 13, London
Gangs are not always a bad thing. However has anyone thought that if you are on no gang at all you could make even more friends. I am on nobody's side - I try to be independent.
Oliver, 11, Bridgend
Some gangs are good - some are bad. Gangs can start off with a good attitude but some end up with bad ones as they begin to think they're powerful and can bully other people - if they help each other with home problems, studying, bullying etc then it's great!
I wouldn't say that I hang around in a gang, more like a group. There are gangs at my school and they're all popular but most of them aren't that bad really.
Louise, 13, Leicester
A gang of friends is fine when they hang around and stuff, and you are less likely to be bullied as you have a group of friends with you. But a gang of bullies are just plain bad. They can hurt people more.
Ajmina, 12, London
Gangs aren't a club of criminals; they are a group of people who enjoy each others' company, and hang out
together. Is that a bad thing?
Lyra, 12, Belfast
I think that gangs are not always bad because I am in a gang of girls, and all we do is gossip, chat and hang out. But most of the troublesome gangs at my school are boys and they are the bullies.
Tiesha, 14, Aldershot
I think that gangs are not always a bad thing. I hang around in a gang sometimes, and we like to chat most of the time. However, if the gang are a gang of trouble makers where people join to cause trouble then I don't approve!
Tanoosha, 14, Ash
I reckon gangs can help you be what you want to be, so they're not all bad.
Shelley, 11, Congleton