As a high school teacher, this is not how I want to start my classes. After Sunday’s deadly shooting in the Miami neighborhood of Liberty City
, I’ve watched as every single hand, in every one of my classes, has been raised. That’s more than 100 ninth-graders — 14- and 15-year-olds. Gun violence is a reality that my students at Miami Northwestern Senior High School know too well. A few of the ZIP codes in this community account for close to a third of the shootings
that injured or killed children between 2012 and 2015 in Miami-Dade County. Two years ago, Liberty City, along with two other neighborhoods within an area of roughly 4 square miles, recorded and reported 8,280 individual gunshots
— an average of 22 bullets a day. And just last week, the same senselessness claimed a 4-year-old girl
in the community.