Val-de-Marne: a high school student died during a brawl between young people

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near his high school in Thiais. Are youth gangs becoming more and more violent?

A 16-year-old high school student was killed during a fight between young people in front of a secondary school in Thie, in Val-de-Marne.

Youth gangs, breeding ground for traffickers

“The gang phenomenon is fueled by unemployment. In many neighborhoods we have generations of young people who have belonged to gangs,” explains Thomas Sauvade, research lecturer at the University of Paris-Est-Créteil, specialist in youth city politics. bandit freaks. “We are aging in groups with increasing life expectancy associated with difficulties in professional integration. This refers to the 1980-90s.”

At the same time, we are seeing the development of gangster culture. “And banditry associated with cannabis trafficking in areas associated with city politics. These gangs are evolving and more and more into this culture of gangsterism. .”

“Methods of seasoned bandits”

Even very young people are not shy about using weapons. “With these references to gangsterism, we have the methods of gangsterism,” notes Thomas Sovade. “They are trivialized, staged on social networks, with the help of rap clips that, over the past twenty years, have had some success with young people in groups who listen to it on repeat.”

“The band owns the space it occupies: the bench, the football field, the MacDo. This is what makes her different from a group of friends. experienced thugs. It is sometimes surprising to see cases of kidnapping, imprisonment and torture of teenagers that would have been solved by a good fight before.”

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