California did not work out well for Tim Jarvis.
His sophomore year of high school resulted in only two credits to carry forward into the next year. He felt the teachers did not really care whether he succeeded, he said. With a significant amount of gang activity in the school, teachers were frightened of the students. And when he would see blood splattered across the walls of the bathrooms, he was frightened, too.
“I kind of shut down,” he said. “I just lost hope.”