Tuesday, May 27, 2008


In the past few months, my school's neighborhood has experienced a rise in gang activity. There have been several shootings. On Sunday, there was another shooting. This one resulted in the death of a 25 year old man.
Today, one of my students was very upset and was crying. When I questioned her she told me that she saw some men with guns shooting each other. Her details were foggy and she was very distraught. I had the office call her home for info and looked into getting some emergency counseling. When her mom was contacted, we found out that the incident that the girl was talking about was the same shooting incident from Sunday. The mom reported that the girl didn't actually see it happen but was down the street at a grocery store. They heard the gunfire and ran into the store. The girl heard the info regarding the shooting and it was heavy on her mind.

I have been sad today thinking about this little girl as well as all of the other kids who live in the school's neighborhood and other similar neighborhoods. From what I see at my school, kids are either living in fear of the gang members or idolizing them. This is a regular, everyday life happening for them. It is terrible.

FYI - my student is going to be ok. Her parents are great and very loving. As it turns out, talking to me and my student teacher was a good outlet for her. She also asked if she could write about it in her journal. After our talk, she forgot about it for the rest of the day.
When I got home, I checked my blogroll and read all of the new posts. Two of today's blogs discussed senseless violence like this post I am typing up right now.

What is the world coming to?


Mrs. T said...

We are living parallel lives, huh?
Even though I live in Iowa, we get quite a lot of gang traffic from Chicago, since it's only 3 hours straight east of us. I'm hoping it's not an indication of what the future holds.

MsAbcMom said...

Scary, isn't it?

At first the word was that we were getting gangs from Los Angeles that were branching out up in our area. (about 7 hours away) Then it was from San Francisco. (about 2 hours away) Now, I think that they have rooted here and are starting there own legacy. Yikes!

Coco said...

It's a sad world...violence everywhere!

At first, people thought that if they moved to the valley, they would be safe...not so- there is violence there, too.

I'm happy to hear that your student has supportive parents.

Un fuerte y caluroso abrazo.

cindylu said...

Have you ever seen Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary? One of the themes of the documentary is about how children in places like LA's Pico-Union neighborhood are no longer shielded form violence like this. In one particularly memorable scene, the filmmaker -- a teacher at the school -- asks a group of 5 or so kids, "how many of you know someone who has been shot?" All of the kids raise their hands. One kid gets all choked up as he talks about knowing someone who was killed because of gang violence.