487: Harper High School, Part One

487: Harper High School, Part One

Feb 15, 2013
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories, this show is a two-parter; you can listen to Part Two here.
Theme music for our two-part series on Harper High School was composed by The Latebloomer. You can hear the original here.

Since airing our two hours about Harper, many listeners have asked if there is a way to donate to the school. Harper administrators have set up this donation page.
  • So many of the shootings in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, the neighborhood where Harper High sits, are characterized as "gang-related." Often, the implication is that gang-related means there is a reason to the shooting — huge, established gangs shooting it out over drug territory. Gang-related often implies you must've deserved it, a certain level of 'what goes around comes around.' Reporter Linda Lutton talks to dozens of Harper students who say adults don't understand that that's not the way it works. Gangs don't operate the way they used to. (13 minutes)CrimeTeenagers

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Anita and Crystal talk to a student in the Social Work Office. Photo by Bill Healy.

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