Helping Harper High


Previously, we blogged about Harper High School, where twenty-nine students were shot in a single school year, eight of whom died—not in what we think of as a “school shooting,” but in an equally deadly and frightening series of individual incidents.

This American Life highlighted the school in a two-part episode a few weeks ago and have now set up a donation page to help the school out financially.

If you’ve already listened to the episodes, you know money can go a long way in this situation, including by employing the social workers who we heard counseling students with an almost palpable level of love and support. And if you can’t donate, it’s still so worth it to hear the school’s story—not as an educational experience (though you’ll probably learn a lot) but as a very human story about love and struggle in a particular community.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →