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    Monologue: I’m **** *********, I’m 15 years old and live in **** ****, ****. I usually kill time by playing guitar, having fun with friends, or watching T.V., I guess just things that most people my age do. I believe that today's society is much more violent than it was before. People didn't have to worry about the tops of buildings hitting the ground or kids coming to school with the intention that others never make it back home like they do now. They never had to worry about getting caught up in bad business on the streets, what was once a safe place where kids played, is now a ground of fear and paranoia. I stay away from the bad things that go on around the streets. I go out of my way to avoid bad situations, keep myself occupied with productive things to do, but I've seen people get caught up in some. I want to talk to my parents about what it was like for them growing up, to really figure out how what was once safe and peaceful turned to dark and dangerous.

    ****: How would you describe where you grew up?
    *****: Umm… The city or the house? What’s- Be more specific.
    ****: The overall place.
    ******: Umm.. you're pretty familiar with it, because it's Iowa City, but Iowa City was a little bit different then and the times were certainly a little bit different so I would describe it as a pretty good place to grow up, had a lot of freedom to go out and do what kids like to do. Parents didnt have to worry so much about where their children were cause there's just less-less risk of children getting-getting into trouble or encountering people who might do bad things to them. Want me to keep goin’?


    ****: Tell me about where you are from, what it was like, etc…
    ***: I am from the chicago suburb, Niles, and growing up was very-family oriented there were lots of families in my neighborhood, there were,,, lots of kids my age, kids my sisters age and we would all walk to school together, we would play together, we would play board games together: monopoly, ball and jacks, tag. I remember growing up with my neighbor who was my best friend, hanging out-going to the secret forest in my neighborhood, hanging out there in the mud. And being able to be out until the street lights came on, or when my dad whistled. It was very safe back then.
    ****: Back then... what changed?
    ***: Well… two words I always say, stranger danger, there are a lot more-a lot more unfriendly people around. A lot of people have access to guns and weapons and drugs-lots of people lookin’ for trouble, I don't think it's as safe to be free, to be a kid, anymore.


    Monologue: Hearing what I heard from my parents was eye opening, especially from what my mom had told me. I would expect that it was safe in little Iowa City (where my dad is from), but when my mom had said that it was much safer, even in a big-city area (Chicago) I was shocked. 2015 Iowa City is more dangerous than 1960's Chicago area. My parents never had to worry about going to school and never coming back home. I remember just this year, the school was six hundred students short, all gone because they thought going to school that day would be their last. It's sad that kids these days are afraid to go to school, the one place where you should feel most safe. But it's not just here, at what I call home, shootings happen all the time now. It amazes me how in 2012 a man shot up a school and It made all the media; but fast forward to 2015, a time where a kid brings a gun onto a school campus, killing many, and some people barely even knew that happened.
    ****: How do you feel about our neighborhood?
    ******: Umm… Our [refering to my] neighborhood is safe, it’s a pretty old neighborhood. it's got an elementary school, which everyone kind of-everyone goes to, can relate to. Its got easy access to a lot of resources - a lot of university resources and downtown. Like-you can walk to the City park pool, the City Park baseball fields, those are all-you can walk to all those - you can walk downtown. You can go to football game, basketball games - you know, university events pretty easily.

    Monologue: Living in a safe neighborhood does give me a bit more peace of mind. I remember when I was little still being able to run around our neighborhood, but even then my parents still made me have an emergency phone, something that was not necessary when my parents were growing up. I remember just last year, a meth-head wandered into our neighborhood and caused a boatload of trouble, showing people a part of him that no one wants to see. He was taken behind bars only a week later. But even to think an incident like that would happen, in what is considered one of the safest neighborhoods in Iowa City, that is just too much. I hope one day the world become a safe place again, a place where kids never have to be afraid of going to school, a place where kids can roam free and parents don't have to worry. Maybe the world could become a better place if everyone tried a little. I mean, we live in such an amazing time, cars can practically drive themselves and full blown computers can be worn on your wrist. Anyways I’m **** *********, and I’m out.
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