On the hooks in the hall were hung the trappings of delinquent youth ? black leather jackets and pencil-slim jeans. In the hall itself twelve youths wearing pale blue sweat-shirts and football shorts puffed through a strenuous routine of physical training, moving briskly as if the crisp commands from the instructor were snapping at their heels. These, it was explained, were "the sheep and the show-offs." Not the gang leaders or the incurably vicious, but the easily led and the foolish.

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