KWOK TSZ-KONG savours every issue of the violent Teddy Boy comic and hangs out at video-game parlours, playing fields and shopping malls. Episodes of gang bullying and soliciting racket money are a reality, not comic fiction for the 14-year-old Secondary Two student at a prevocational school. 'A gangster came to me [at a Tai Kok Tsui playground],' Tsz-kong said. 'He said: 'Hey boy, you're so powerful, why not follow our big brother? You'll have a bright future, You only need to pay $3.60 instead of $360 for the membership fee.' 'I told them they must be joking and ignored them. From time to time, people from different gangs approach me, but I always turn them down. 'It's easy to pick a fight with others on the playground and in video game centres. If someone starts swearing at me over some minor incident, I do the same - and then the fight starts. 'I'd get beaten up by a group of people, more than 10 people at a go sometimes. 'I thought of joining them when I was in primary school, but I knew I wouldn't be able to fool the teachers at secondary school who are very smart,' he said. 'I figure I'd better concentrate on my studies.' Tsz-kong disagreed that violent comic books affected teenagers' behaviour. 'It's only their excuse after doing terrible things,' he said. Since his parents divorced, Tsz-kong has lived with his mother in Mongkok. He said he could not talk about his problems to either parent. Tsz-kong said his grandmother, who lives on the mainland, had the greatest influence on him. 'I can't let my grandmother down. She cares about me a lot. We're very close,' he said. Tsz-kong is content with his prevocational school. 'The teachers are nice here, and I can understand them in the English class.'