The Pho­to­graph

The Iowa Review - - FRONT PAGE - Michael meyer

TPo­lice In­ves­ti­gat­ing Re­ported Kidnap-rape BERKE­LEY—SEVEN male stu­dents from a Berke­ley mid­dle school have been ar­rested in a five-hour kid­nap­ping and rape of a 12-year-old girl with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day. Six of the Wil­lard Mid­dle School stu­dents have been sus­pended pend­ing a con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the re­ported at­tack that be­gan on cam­pus and moved to nearly a dozen other lo­ca­tions, po­lice and school of­fi­cials said. he sun shines be­hind him. You can see blue sky in the cor­ners. A car­pet of grass frames the sub­ject: a boy, stand­ing, hold­ing a base­ball bat. A red mesh cap with a W bal­ances atop jug ears. The boy’s black eyes stare into the lens. His cheek­bones, though lay­ered in baby fat, rise to meet them. His lips part in a broad smile that frames two buck­teeth. The white uni­form bil­lows around a pre­pubescent body. Next year, his shoul­ders will broaden, mus­cle will de­fine the arms, and a mus­tache will itch be­neath his nose. Flip the pic­ture over. In pur­ple marker, in slant­ing, child­like scrawl with over­sized back­ward let­ters: Chris’s pic­ture day! 1 A star dots the i. Drawn faces—two l’s for eyes, broad u’s for smiles—crowd the slip­pery white space.

In Jan­uary I ask his teacher, be­fore we work to­gether for the first time: What pat­terns have you no­ticed in your stu­dents who are des­ig­nated Comp Ed? What lit­er­acy goals do you have for these stu­dents? “Let’s see, the pat­terns . . . well, they, um, do not stay fo­cused. And they have a hard time choos­ing their own ma­te­ri­als. They can’t read well, like they don’t know their let­ters and sounds and can’t even write them cor­rectly, like it looks like a four-year-old wrote it. And they have a hard time be­ing . . . tak­ing risks and mak­ing mis­takes. They are afraid to take the ini­tia­tive, but they learn how to hide it well. They are pretty ver­bal and so can hide it. They don’t see the mean­ing of the as­sign­ments, so if it’s too hard for them, they give up. Of­ten they don’t turn

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.