In a computer-age version of "West Side Story," rival gang members recently battled in the streets of Garland, Texas, in a skirmish organized online. Experts in gang activity say gang members increasingly are turning to the internet to communicate with each other and plan their activities--and some of these conversations could be taking place on school computers.

Nearly three dozen people, including 27 high school students, were arrested in mid-May after being indicted in connection with a March 3 brawl in Garland, a Dallas suburb. Several people were injured, including one person who suffered a...

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