The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette received permission from the parents or guardians of three students to follow their progress at Pressley Ridge Day School, a program on Pittsburgh's North Side for children with mental health and behavioral problems. Reporter J. Brady McCollough spent 11 months learning about their lives and the challenges they have faced and continue to confront as their high school days quickly slip away. This is his report:
For the kids who go through B.B. Flenory’s basketball program at Pressley Ridge, winning and losing have nothing to do with what happens on the court.
For the North Side school’s troubled teens, basketball can provide a life lesson or two, even when that lesson includes taking away the basketball.
Three students must decide what kind of futures they want for themselves. Unfortunately, even a good opportunity can be fraught with disappointment.
Toward paths unknown: Kurtis wants to change his life, but stresses at home and in his neighborhood stand in the way.