Study looks at gangs in Chattanooga

Study looks at gangs in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A detailed study on gangs in Chattanooga says children of all ages attend school in fear.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the study includes surveys from more than 5,000 students at 13 middle and high schools. More than 700 students surveyed said they're affiliated with a gang.

The study also found that most gangs are entrenched in neighborhoods where there is high unemployment and poverty and where most households are headed by women.

It says law enforcement doesn't keep accurate statistics about gangs, but Chattanooga Police Department figures show 1,391 gang members.

The study was the result of 6 months of research. It was released Friday by the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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