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.
  • By early October, it's been pretty quiet at Harper, as far as gun violence goes. But on the day before the homecoming game, during a pep rally, a senior named Damoni who is both on the football team and nominated for Homecoming King, gets word that a good friend of his, James, has been shot. James is also a former Harper student with many ties to the school. Reporter Ben Calhoun follows Principal Sanders and the rest of the Harper staff as they jump into action and try to ward off more violence, keep the students safe and grapple with whether they need to cancel the Harper High School Homecoming. (18 minutes)CrimeEducationTeenagers

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

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