Stories, photos and illustrations by students in Journalism 1
Not everyone has a “love” on campus at McClymonds, a school of 270.
People have different passions, too: sports, video games, rap music, flowers, art, fashion, food and chocolate.
Here are the stories and photos we collected:
“‘You’re over my head…I’m out of my mind..’ Every time I hear Classic by MTKO, I just snap my fingers, sing along. That song makes me really happy and brightens up my whole day. I listened to it after I had fallen down the stairs at school, hit my head, and then went to track practice in pain.”
For Rayana Delaney, her first love was lit inside her during a balmy, summer day, at McClymonds High. At first sight, he seemed like the “one”: charming, funny, caring, loving and overwhelmingly attractive all described him well. Fortunately, for both, they were coincidently students at the same summer school. Delaney recalls a latent excitement after smiling at him and a requited love-struck stare, immediately prior to an exchange of introductions.
“We became friends right away,” said Delaney. “He was really cute, and he showed a lot of interest in me. After around two months of being friends and a quick spread of my attraction toward him through my friends, we finally had our first kiss, at school; it was magical.”
Since then, they have both been in an intimate relationship, and are planning on having their first date soon—at a local movie theater.
Delaney’s Valentine’s Day gift to her boyfriend is a card with hearts on it and some chocolate. His match: a card with a picture of a teddybear on it and pink balloon.
Rayana Delaney, as told by Anthony Beron
“Jessie was walking around her new high school and lost her way. A senior named Chris noticed her immediately and offered to help her. He walked around and around, and was so hooked he wouldn’t let her go home. There was a click between them. “We’ve been together ever since.'”
as told to Jasmine Vilchis
“My grandma makes us feel special: she brings us all together, we all sit on her bed and she’ll tell us a story. We’ll laugh and feel a special bond. We are family.”
“I love hamburgers because they are always there for me, whenever I need food, hamburgers are always there with melted cheese, a juicy patty, crisp buns, and delicious pickles. Every time I’m down and out, I have a hamburger.”
Bloody month of June: too much violence in Oakland
by Jacob Miles
No teenager can feel safe in Oakland nowadays.
Just a few days after McClymonds dropout and homicide victim Darvel McGillberry was buried, violence erupted again in Oakland. Another teen was killed: 17-year-old David Manson Jr. in front of a store in East Oakland during the daytime.
A second shooting occurred at a sideshow frequented by high school students.
A third incident — a triple shooting– took place outside a downtown nightclub which McClymonds students have frequented.
“In front of a store, at a sideshow, in front of a nightclub, no place is safe,” said Desire Combs, a senior at McClymonds. “I think this is ridiculous: we should be able to feel safe everywhere in our own city,” she said.
That’s not the case in Oakland, where the violence is on the rise. In just one weekend, one person was killed, 11 wounded in seven separate shootings capped by the triple shooting outside a downtown nightclub, police said.
That incident took place in heavily patrolled, gang-neutral, downtown area, when a gunman opened fire on a group of people outside The Shadow nightclub at 13th and Webster. Two women and a security guard suffered non-life threatening wounds and the gunman remained at large, police said.
Lee Benson, a junior at McClymonds, said that he’s been to The Shadow a few times and always had a premonition that something bad might happen in that area. “A lot of the wrong people end up there,” he added.
This week, teens left flowers, candles and you’ll-be-missed cards at the 9100 block on International Boulevard, where David Manson Jr. was killed about 1:45 p.m. Sunday. He was Oakland’s 43rd homicide victim this year.
Students at McClymonds who live in East Oakland knew Manson, who attended Oakland High School in June 2011.
“David was cool and it’s real sad how they shot him like that in daylight; he didn’t do nothing to nobody,” said Monte Smith, a junior.
What has been the police response? A vow to crack down on sideshows. What about community outreach, more activities for youths, such as new libraries and also community recreational places to hang out at.
Unless politicians and police develop a real plan, this is the start of a very bloody summer.
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