Gangs in Schools

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Someone I know is a principal at a school. He is having problems with wanna-be gang members. They are trying to recruit new members at school. I realize the root of the problem is that public schools should not exist, and the hostile environment for kids is part of the reason they try to find a way to belong by joining the gang. But, given the limitations of the system, what would the libertarian answer to such recruiting be?

I suggest giving the recruiters the choice to stop threatening the other kids or face the full brunt of the Zero Aggression Principle*. I would tell them that in my school, the ZAP is the rule. No one is to initiate, threaten, or delegate force, but once they have, all bets are off. Those who react with self-defensive force against the gang will not be punished in any way. It is almost like declaring “open season” on the gangs.

 * The Zero Aggression Principle: “No human being has the right, under ANY circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate or delegate its initiation.”

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