WUSA, in Maryland, reports that the regional task force for gang related violence has investigated and concluded that MS-13, a notorious gang from El Salvador, has been recruiting children from elementary schools in the DC area.
“Oh grade-school. They’re recruiting in grade-school but generally 5th grade and on,” said Northern Virginia Regional Task Force Director Jay Lanham. “Even more concerning is the increase in juvenile violent offenders,” he continued.
Lanham also stated that 5th grade is a perfect age, because children are becoming more conscious, but are still easily influenced. Parents are to watch out for any changes in behavior, or suddenly starts “hating” school, or acting out violently.
Breitbart’s statistics show “Latino gangsters recruit from Maryland and Northern Virginia schools filled with Latino students. Latino gangs come with the Latino population, which increased from 2.6 percent in 1990 up to roughly 8.6 percent in 2013, according to the American Immigration Council. Over half, or roughly 54 percent, of Hispanic births in the U.S. are out-of-wedlock.”
Lanham does point out, “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem. I mean, everyone has to be involved, and it starts with the parents.”
Breitbart continues on the investigation:
Latinos under 18 are prime recruitment targets, since penalties for juveniles are less harsh than those levied at adult criminals. Young recruits begin committing assault and larceny at a young age, then proceed to drug trafficking and violent crime, according to one expert.
MS-13 appeared in the news once more after a brutal murder of a 15-year-old Latino girl whose mother said she became involved with one of the gang’s clique. Police arrested ten, including four young illegal adults, charging them with abduction and gang participation. Two of the adults are charged with murder.
The Obama administration shipped illegal alien minors with clear MS-13 ties—including vivid gang tattoos seen by Border Patrol agents—to MS-13 strongholds such as the Washington, D.C. area during the illegal alien minor surge from Central America.
MS-13 has operated in the Washington, D.C., area since the 1990s.