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Baltimore School for the Arts looks out for struggling students [Letter]

I am a junior dancer at Baltimore School for the Arts, and I did not appreciate the way op-ed writer Patricia Schultheis portrayed my school because she do not have proper knowledge of what BSA is ("Who is responsible for Jabril?" May 19). My mother also attended this school, and during her years, a homeless boy attended. He kept it hidden from them, but once they found out, they did everything in their power to help him, and now he is very successful.

My best friend is also struggling. He hasn't had the best life and doesn't live in the best neighborhood, but the teachers have given him gift cards to Royal Farms, Target and other places. They give scholarships and opportunities for us to reach our goals and push ourselves to our fullest potential. They are personally invested in every kid who attends BSA or the TWIGS after-school program.

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Yes Jabril's story is disheartening, but the implication that it was the school's fault is simply unfair. BSA isn't for everyone, but that doesn't make it a bad school. Take one step into that building, and all you can feel is love, art, passion and community. The fact that Jabril made it without BSA shows he didn't need it, so why must you attack my school? This article hurt me deeply. BSA is my home.

Abigail Yaffe, Baltimore

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