Fortunately, Maureen (my fiance) was too sick to go in today, but at the school where I previously taught, where she still teaches, fourteen rounds were fired by some punks that killed a student and wounded several others.
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I told you my old school was a combat pit!!!
I know that neighborhood well, and I know the places where the bullets hit. I know the place well. Only a couple of weeks ago, Maureen and I had to sit in front of the school in her car and wait for Triple-A to come get the vehicle, which had died on her the day before. This easily could've happened at that time.
Last year, Philadelphia had 35 kids killed on or near school grounds, at times by parents involved in shootouts with each other while dropping off their kids, then killing someone else's kid because they can't aim with these cheap weapons... plus of course kids killing each other or getting in between dealers while they're shooting.
It's getting worse, folks.
I taught at Strawberry Mansion High School from September 1999 to June 2003, and finally got my transfer to George Washington HS up here in NE Philly. Until the end of this past August I lived close to Strawberry Mansion in Wynnefield/Overbrook, ten minutes away from the combat pit. A couple months after we moved, a Korean drycleaner was killed almost next door to our old apartment building, the Iroquois.
Philadelphia is a combat pit of a city where children are born to die. It's a shithole. I predict that the casualties are going to be similar to those of last year. I could be wrong, but I think it's going to be the same.