Great article (“Incident No. 1113,” 3/5). I’ve recommended this story to five people, and they all loved it. The media generally portrayed the alleged shooter as some hoodlum, and you really did a good job of showing his side of the story. Although he was still wrong.

I would have never known what the alleged shooter faced if not for your story. D.C. schools are in terrible shape. The school system has to take some blame in this case. I would not wish my worst enemy’s kids to go to class at Ballou.

Thanks for such a great piece of work.

Alexandria, Va.