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Education Voices: Safe Routes to School are Elusive in Oakland

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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.

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Also, see these related stories written by student reporters that I trained:

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.

Follow the entire series here: http://oaklandlocal.com/?s=saferoutes


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Education Voices: Violence Confronts Students in Oakland

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Shots were fired through the walls of Castlemont High School by a drive-by shooter in April, causing students to dive under their desks for safety, and school administrators to order a lockdown. A few weeks later, Castlemont students mourned the Sunday night murder of a beloved classmate, Olajuwon Clayborn, who was shot down in front of his home in East Oakland. Across town that same night, 19-year-old Darvel McGillberry, popular at his former McClymonds High School, was shot and killed.

In “Deep East,” at Brookfield Elementary School, three adults have been held up at gunpoint outside the school in recent months: a parent, a school custodian and the husband of a teacher. “We work in a war zone,” said first grade teacher Tammie Adams, who no longer wears her wedding ring to school to avoid being a robbery target.

Read the rest of this story.

Also, see these related stories written by student reporters that I trained:

Read  the second story in this package: Safe routes to schools: Elusive 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.

Follow the entire series here: http://oaklandlocal.com/?s=saferoutes