A Young Man's Experience in Long-term Recovery

A young man was referred to the school counseling office for academic difficulties one year after a near-fatal incident in which he was mistaken for a gang member and shot while walking to school. When asked to describe what was the hardest part about returning to school, he described feeling "scared" and "very watchful" every day he walked to and from school:

"I look out for cars I don't recognize and am always looking for places I can hide behind,you know, bushes and walls and shops that I can duck into if a car pulls up. I don't think about the future. I just try to survive for another day. It takes me a long time to calm down once I get to school."