This American Life: Harper High School, Part One


This is a story about a Chicago high school that had 29 current and former students shot in one school year. It’s incredible, in the way that The Wire is incredible, except that you know The Wire is fiction on some level. And this is a real school, real kids.

The most eye-opening thing for me was the idea that these kids don’t “join” gangs. They’re in them automatically based on where they live. Staying neutral is essentially impossible.

I’m tempted to put a nice button on this post and relate it back to my experience, but I can’t do that right now, and possibly never. It’s not honest.


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