Inside One of the Country’s Most Dangerous Schools, There Are Fights, Threats and Hope

School police officers at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia begin every morning with a prayer.

“We must save the children,” one of them said, head bowed.

The officers then take their posts to watch for razor blades in tin foil, knives in backpacks and Vaseline on students’ faces, which is used to prevent scratches during fights. As the students enter the building, they have to file through metal detectors, some even emptying their pockets before being cleared to go to class.

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