Khayriyyah Harris sees her school, Mayo Elementary in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, as a refuge from the well-known problems of young people in the city.
"When you step into school, you can block out all that negativity," said Khayriyyah, 13. "You just focus on school. After school, it's a whole different story. You have to think about all types of things." One of the biggest issues is the daily problem of violence, which each year kills a significant number of young people across Chicago.
In response, Chicago Public Schools officials in recent years have launched more efforts to counsel students who are victims of violence and those who are troubled by the violence. Union officials said they plan to push the district to expand its counseling services.