Glen Mills school is the “Harvard of reform schools.” But like too many other “prestigious” institutions, it’s built on foundations of violence and secrecy, and the repercussions follow many grads for the rest of their lives.
Journalism teacher Melissa Falkowski survived the shooting that claimed 17 peoples’ lives, but the aftermath is just as challenging. She returned to the classroom where she and her students huddled for safety, but now her son worries he isn’t safe at elementary school. How can she tell him otherwise?
A teenager with cancer is fighting to make it to her high school graduation:
“At the end of her junior year, the doctors said there was nothing more they could do for Lyndsey. ‘Six months to a year,’ they told her. She might not even be alive for her family to break the no-applause rule.
“But the principal, Dan Evans, just told her, ‘Okay.’ They’d get her to June 5 at Tropicana Field.
“And so began a much quieter race to graduation, one that has not announced itself by shrieking in the hallways or picnicking on the campus lawn, but with all of that urgency and more.”