This is No Game: An index to the four-part series

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:


Pressley Ridge students at lunch
Part 1 of 4 (Dec. 26)

At Pressley Ridge, 'Life unfolds minute by minute'

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.



Pressley Ridge transition specialist B.B. Flenory
Part 2 of 4 (Dec. 27)

At Pressley, bumps in the road

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.



Part 3 of 4 (Dec. 28)

Pressley Ridge: a bridge or a precipice?

Three students must decide what kind of futures they want for themselves. Unfortunately, even a good opportunity can be fraught with disappointment.



Part 4 of 4 (Dec. 29)

'Fighting to live, living to fight'

Toward paths unknown: Kurtis wants to change his life, but stresses at home and in his neighborhood stand in the way.

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