Kahmaria Adams, 15, listens to gospel music on her commute to school through the harrowing streets of East Oakland. She takes two city buses to get from home to Piedmont High School. She’s got the hour-long routine down, but there’s one stretch of the bus ride that gets to her.
“I always have the feeling that something will happen. On the bus I feel like I need to stay alert and watch out for troublesome people around me,” she said.
Life in “Deep East” Oakland is dangerous for anybody. In a city that FBI data ranks as having the third-highest violent crime rate in the nation, this neighborhood has the highest incidence of homicide, gunshots and forced prostitution, according to City of Oakland crime reports.
Also, see these related stories written by student reporters that I trained:
- Marisa Jolivette, 16, of Hayward, CA on gun violence
- Jordan Williams, 15, of East Oakland “I had a friend get killed”
- Kahmaria Adams, 15, of East Oakland on gun violence
- LaKeisha Harris, 15, of San Lorenzo, on gun violence
Read the first story in this package: Violence confronts students in Oakland
This story and the entire Education Voices series were made possible through the support of The California Endowment. Our student reporters for this series are participants in programs at The East Oakland Youth Development Center in East Oakland. Many thanks to the Endowment and the Center for the support of this program, and to our wonderful coaches, trainers and student reporters.
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