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Snitchin' Is Bitchin' by HSPA I Class 2007

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Stand Up to Stop the Violence in Trenton

(Excerpts from student essays at TCHS)

 

   MYOB stands for mind your own business.  Children in the hood  

      grow up  with this.

   “Snitches get stitches” clearly states that you shouldn’t snitch.

    Stop Snitchin’ is constantly advertised, preached, and practiced in urban  

       environments because of the influence of rappers.

   Friends and family tell you not to be a snitch or a tattletale, but as you get

      older you have to realize not all snitching is a bad thing.

   This G-Code (ghetto code) promotes the violence in our cities.  It is raising

      our crime rates and increasing our unsolved murders. 

   The reason a lot of crimes have been going on here in Trenton is because

      people are scared to say what happened.

   The more the G-Code is practiced, the more the crime rate will increase,

      giving permission to commit crimes – indeed the perpetrator is in the safety

      zone, but we are not.

  The crime rates have drastically increased because criminals know they will

      get away with whatever crime they commit.  Criminals are even becoming

      very bold in the process, killing and stealing in broad daylight.

   If adolescents reported even half of the crimes that they witnessed, crime

      rates would decrease dramatically because the criminals would fear getting

      caught and stop committing crimes.  The witness wouldn’t have to worry

      because the criminal would be locked in jail where they can do no harm.

   The only thing that people are doing when they do not tell the police the

      truth is letting the trouble get worse.  They are leaving the bad guys on the

      streets to harm innocent people.

   We have to stop the fear that is growing inside of us.

   Being known as a snitch in your neighborhood is a lot better than walking

      around with a guilty conscience.      

   Police are here to help keep us safe.  However, if we don’t help them,

      then they can’t help us.

   If you help the police solve a crime, you are not a snitch.  You are just

      helping to get one more criminal off the street, so it can be safer for you

      and me.

   If you’re brave enough to tell a cop what you saw, then that shows you’re

      more responsible than all the other little punks who think street credibility is

      more important than their futures.

   It’s not snitching; it’s doing the right thing.

   People need to stand up.

   Enough is enough.  Open your mouth.

   I am sure that I speak for everyone when I say that we all would like to

      live in a safer environment.

   Start snitchin’ or be in fear!  Start snitchin’ or be dead in a year!

   Break that G-Code and create a new one called the Peace-Code.

 

   Be a part of the solution, not the problem!  

 Call Trenton’s Confidential Tip Line (609) 989-3663

 

Mrs. D. Smith’s HSPA I Crew - 2007

Art by Michael G.

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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