I don't even know which forum to post this question in but difficult child has repetitively told me he is scared for his life if he goes to group home because the big blow up last summer, when he and others were put in lock for 2 mos, was because a gang riot was held at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility and difficult child got stuck in the middle because he did something stupid- he stole the list of "code" and rules from the gang that started the riot against the other gang. He says he copied the stuff down and gave it to someone he trusted, who gave it to someone else, and it ended up in the hands of the gang he stole it from. And one of these people involved is already at this GH. Now, at first- before his story got this big- I thought he was just saying he feared for his life in this GH due to a gang because he was trying to get out of the GH placement. However, I know he's telling the truth about what happened over the summer because when he was in lock, the gang protection person at Department of Juvenile Justice talked with me to let me know what they thought happened and to ask if I thought difficult child had gang related info because he was trying to join one or if it was more likely that he'd stolen it. I never told difficult child about that conversation. I don't want to become paranoid about it, but I am aware that gangs (especially thse bigger, well known ones) will kill a person over stuff i would shrug off. And there's a big trial going on in this state right now with tons of police protection provided because a gang member murdered someone because- get this- the person was afraid of not having any gang affiliation so claimed he was a member of one when actually, he wasn't- so they murdered him! difficult child says the gang members in Department of Juvenile Justice have told him they'd take care of him "on the streets". He says he hides my phone number and tears off the return address on my letters and destroys it, that he's told staff in there, and the PO from this area- they trade off so he's actually only seen his assigned PO one time in person. PO is not taking this seriously at all. I do find that odd given that Department of Juvenile Justice has a HUGE gang initiatve, gangs are prevalent in this jurisdiction, and this state has a MAJOR gang related murder trial going on. I'm appalled that PO/CSU is blowing this off- but I don't want to be paranoid just because I'm an out-of-touch mom. I haven't mentioned this issue or difficult child's concerns in any of the letters I've sent out fighting for reunification and such but after difficult child's call tonight, I'm wondering if I haven't been taking this serious enough. What do you all think? Truthfully, I've never in my life met a person who's ever been in a gang- I guess I'm over that age where it was common or even heard of for my age group.