Dozens of children are wounded by bullets each year in Oakland, a city with one of the highest rates of violent crime per person in California. Nine-year-old Jacqueline Funes is one of them. She was hit by a stray bullet while playing outside her house, and she is now paralyzed from the neck down. That bullet cost Jacqueline months of schooling, and she is now struggling to be able to learn, and live, as she did before. Our reporter Zaidee Stavely examines how the violence that permeates the poorest neighborhoods is altering the lives of children like Jacqueline Funes and their teachers.
Zaidee reported this story in English for KQED and you can read it here.
This special report was produced in collaboration with Renaissance Journalism’s Equity Reporting Project: Restoring the Promise of Education, with funding from the Ford Foundation.