Mass School Closings' Severe Impact On Black, Latino Students

10/16/2013 08:14 am ET
  • Trymaine Lee MSNBC
AP

PHILADELPHIA— Each morning just before school, Dawn Hawkins and her 13-year-old son Khyrie hold hands, close their eyes and bow their heads.

“Be a shield of protection for my baby,” Hawkins prays over the lanky 8th grader.

Then it’s off to his new school: a 15 minute walk through Strawberry Mansion, one of the most violent neighborhoods in Philadelphia, in the most murderous section of the city. The school is a little less than a mile from home. But it could well be foreign territory.

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