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For high school students, a grim lesson on gun violence

Cradle to Grave, a hospital-based violence prevention program, uses grisly photographs of shooting victims and testimonials from their families to give young people from across Philadelphia, Pa. an unflinching look at the impact of guns in their community.

They are one of only a handful of such programs in the country. As reported by the New York Times:

In a darkened classroom, 15 eighth graders gasped as a photograph appeared on the screen in front of them. It showed a dead man whose jaw had been destroyed by a shotgun blast, leaving the lower half of his face a shapeless, bloody mess.

Next came a picture of the bullet-perforated legs of someone who had been shot with an AK-47 assault rifle, and then one of the bloated abdomen of a gunshot victim with internal injuries so grievous that the patient had to be fitted with a colostomy bag to replace intestines that can no longer function normally.

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