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For Students in Baltimore, Getting to School Can Be a Scary Ride

Many kids spend hours commuting to school by public transportation. New research suggests a link between student exposure to high-crime areas and chronic absenteeism.
A pair of students walk to a bus after school at Excel Academy in Baltimore in March 2018. About 13,000 high-schoolers in the city rely on public transportation to get to school.
A pair of students walk to a bus after school at Excel Academy in Baltimore in March 2018. About 13,000 high-schoolers in the city rely on public transportation to get to school.Patrick Semansky/AP

On Friday, Bryonna Harris was taking a city bus back from Frederick Douglass High School to her home in Northeast Baltimore. But on that afternoon, the trip took a little longer: Someone had been murdered on the street along her bus route, and the police had sealed off the entire block. The bus was diverted.

Harris, an 11th grader, has normalized this kind of thing.