Children saw their neighborhoods occupied by city and state police, as well as National Guard troops dressed in full gear. But no one ever bothered to explain to kids what was happening, or why, she says. "There were no psychologists provided to deal with that and have conversations about it. You always hear about teachers becoming the parent, the therapist, everything like that—and that was definitely heightened at that moment…You had children who were acting out. They saw acting out, they saw the guns…and they were really treated like prisoners. For a city with children with already no hope, it gave them even more reason to be like 'Well, what am I fighting for? What am I going to school for? I'm already a prisoner in my own home, in my own neighborhood.'"