Journalist Alex Kotlowitz ’77 weighs in on a piece in the Huffington Post about post-Newtown perspectives and prescriptive. In this article, Lisa Belkin of HuffPo Parents reports on the episodes of Ira Glass’ “This American Life” focusing on the Chicago Harper High shooting.
Added Alex Kotlowitz, who has made a career of writing about life in “bad” neighborhoods, and who reported through the prism of Harper’s on-site social workers, said this series made him see that just as parents can’t protect their children, they can’t heal them, either. “In the wake of Newtown,” he said in an interview from his Chicago home, “we asked all the right questions. Why did this happen? How do we help the children who witnessed and were traumatized by it? What is going to happen in Newtown going forward?”.
And yet, Kotlowitz said, “we don’t ask those questions at a place like Harper. Virtually every kid in that school has seen someone who was shot or knows someone who was shot but we have never really dealt with the issue of trauma in the inner-city.”
Image: from Alex Kotlowitz.
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