Many Youths Fearful in Their City

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The Boston Globe

Violent crime has soared in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury in recent years. In 2006, 42 percent of 900 Boston public high school students surveyed said they “knew well” or were related to someone who had been killed. This Globe article explores the impact of the threat of death on young “survivors” who must continue to live, work and attend school in their violent communities. Many fail to express the invincibility that youth often feel, are preoccupied with thoughts of protecting themselves, and say they spiritually wrestle with a reality that allows bad things to happen to good people. “You can be on your way to volunteer to help little kids, and you’ll still get shot,” one teen said. Nov. 7,