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.
  • Reporter Alex Kotlowitz spends time in the social work office, where the effects of gun violence are most often apparent. Early on in the year, social worker Crystal Smith spends time with a junior named Devonte, talking him through his grief and guilt after Devonte accidentally shot and killed his 14 year old brother last year. Crystal also meets with Devonte's mother, who has some understandably confused feelings towards Devonte. (16 minutes) DeathTeenagers

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

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