From Gregg Voltz, who runs Youth Courts in Chester Schools
Several years ago there was a shooting close to Chester High School and students were excited as you can imagine. My class had been discussing the American Dream. A student who was in my youth court that year raised his hand. He said that since we had been discussing the American Dream he wanted to share his opinion of what the American Dream was.
He said, "The American Dream is when you can wake up in the morning, go outside and not expect to be shot." I will never forget the impact that statement had on me when I contrasted this young man's daily reality with the quite different-and safer-experience I had growing up in Indiana. It never crossed my mind as a young child that I could be shot walking to school.