|This American Life/Bill Healy|
The experience of 'neighbourhood' is almost war-like for students at Harper, from the moment they set foot on their front porches in the morning. Being a kid on a block automatically makes you a member of the local gang, whether you like it or not. Getting to and from school is a stressful experience - walk alone and you're a target. Walk with other people from your gang and you're a threat.
A teacher asks his student how his summer break went. "It was good... safe."
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