Inspired by ‘Freedom Writers’, frequently disciplined teens write, publish book on trauma

For 13 Houck middle schoolers, going to the reflection room is a common occurrence. But with the help of the room’s supervisor, these teens learned to channel their emotions through writing.

In March, the group released “The Voice in Us,” a collection of poetry and short stories written by the students about their own lives. Due to the nature of the stories — including details of abuse, drug addiction and gang activity — each piece is anonymous.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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