Strawberry Mansion High School of Philadelphia was considered “one of the most dangerous schools in America” in 2013, according to an ABC News report. Fights between students and even attacks on teachers were very common. Bullying was also a common occurrence. Because of low funding, the school lacked many essential resources, such as textbooks, calculators, and even a substantial amount of teachers. A few years later, the school improved dramatically. What caused these changes?
According to the Huffington Post, Linda Cliatt-Wayman volunteered to be the school’s principal. And because of her efforts, the school gained hope.
As ABC News reported in “One of The Most Dangerous Schools in America” Cliatt-Wayman said,
I could not find a principal who was suitable to handle this school. So therefore, I said to myself, because I love these students dearly, I will just volunteer to be their principal.
In the ABC News report, she hugs her students. Her love for her students and her actions are exactly what they need in order to let them know that they are loved.
As a result of the ABC News spot, many viewers began to donate to the school which began to revive it. Originally, the school did not have a football team like many high schools. But once the football team was created, students who used to get into fights and other troubles had a more positive outlet. Students were given scholarships to attend to college.
Linda Cliatt-Wayman has shown her students the love they had lacked and deserved for so many years. A love that was not present with this school community. This love has sparked a new hope.
Klein, R. POLITICS. “This Principal Saved Her Failing School, And Now She Could Win $1 Million.” Retrieved from, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/linda-cliatt-wayman-prize_us_566f0f42e4b0e292150eae66
One of the Most Dangerous Schools in America, ABC World News Tonight, ABC News. Retrieved from, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9gT_Nc41s4
Weinraub, C, Wash, S, Smith, C, Johnson & Effron, L. “Strawberry Mansion High, Once One of US’s Most Dangerous Schools, Receives Hope, Help.” ABC News. Retrieved from, http://abcnews.go.com/US/strawberry-mansion-high-uss-dangerous-schools-receives-needed/story?id=21084212