Sunday, August 26, 2007

Why Do BVHP Youth Act the Way they Do?

If you didn't see the collection of stories by Jill Tucker that begins on the front page of today's San Francisco Chronicle, you can check it out online here. It begins with a profile of Tierra Turner who lost her older brother to gun violence in the Bayview last summer:

Along with a Tinker Bell backpack and pink Princess cell phone, she carried the deaths with her to Visitacion Valley Middle School each day, absentmindedly writing "RIP Ant and Monte" on the cover of her notebooks and in the sidewalk chalk onthe playground.
Tierra is now 12 years old.

Tucker writes sensitively about the role violence plays in childhood development, and broadens the path to understanding for the rest of us.

Today's Chronicle also contains a nice story by Elizabeth Fernandez on the recent giveaway of 2000 backpacks full of school supplies, and the event hosted by BMagic. It's a nice highlight of all the positive community-building work happening in the Bayview.

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