Harper High seems like a normal school. But last year, there were 29 shootings. Yep, you read that right. 29. How can kids feel safe enough to learn when they are too busy learning how to stay alive? Guess what else? There's a good chance you've never heard about the Harper High shootings because the media just won't report on them.
I don't know what to do to fix this, but the first thing we can all do is to be aware that it's happening, that the mainstream media isn't telling us about it, and then share the story so other people know too.
I know this sounds heavy (and it is), but this show is terrific storytelling. You can simply click "play" and have the story in the background. If you don't have time and want to fast-forward to some good parts, here's what I suggest:
18:00 — There are some rules that gangs impose on teens. You'll probably find them disturbing/interesting.
40:00 — The football team actually has to dodge bullets at games.
And if nothing else, please listen to 54:00. It's a caring teacher who clearly loves her students but doesn't know if she has the courage to go on. I don't get emotional often, but my eyes watered up during this 30-second clip.
Now, I know the first hour was a lot to take in. But if you're interested in hearing Part 2, it's below.