I subscribe to an email group in which education reporters from around the country share their knowledge of topics typically associated with schools coverage: academic programs, policies, research reports, school finances, testing and No Child Left Behind.
On days like today, it feels like I should have a different job title.
This morning, I met with the family of a Josue Lopez-Gil, a 13-year-old middle school student at Roots Academy who was shot and killed last night — possibly, by another 13-year-old boy.
Police say the 13-year-old boy they arrested told them he also went to Roots, a new, small school on the Havenscourt campus.
Police also said there appeared to have been gang overtones.
Troy Flint, the Oakland school district spokesman, said he was told that many staff members at Roots reached out to Josue, an at-risk student who was often truant, and that they regularly met with his family.
Josue’s family also said they spent a lot of time at the school, but that they felt that their son was written off as a troublemaker. They also said Josue didn’t feel safe, and that he planned to attend a different school in the fall.
“He had this fear in his eyes,” said his sister, Yohaira Gil, 19.