The Musings of a High School English teacher in Baltimore City
Monday, November 12, 2007
Real gangsters don't text message
The school was teeming with police today when I arrived, and shortly thereafter I heard why: some kids were trying to get some other kids as retribution for what happened after school on Friday, whatever that was. Kids got text messages all weekend that something was going to go down, and to wear black (neutral gang color) if you weren't involved. The day was strange and nervous - a girl whose father is a cop for Baltimore City heard there would be gunfire at the school, so he pulled her out, and several kids followed; teachers were asked to do extra hall duty and to ask everyone for an ID. Thankfully, nothing happened; but when I left at 6pm, the pitch black parking was almost completely empty, an unusual sight for that time. Kids and teachers apparently hightailed it out of there pretty quickly. Except for me and a few others. I had papers to grade!