Elementary Schools

For Westside Elementary, unrest was just one of many challenges

For Westside Elementary, unrest was just one of many challenges

Spencella Dobson, a volunteer at Westside Elementary School in Baltimore's Penn North community, says that people don't talk nearly enough about the effect that last year's unrest had on the city's children, specifically the impact it had on kids at Westside Elementary.

"I think one of the main things that people forget about is the trauma," Dobson says. "That's what a lot of teachers at Gilmor Elementary, Westside Elementary School—that's what they had to deal with."

Children saw their neighborhoods occupied by city and state police, as well as National Guard troops dressed in full gear. But no one ever bothered to explain to kids...

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