Shane is taking a stagecraft class. It’s basically how to make a set for plays. With buzz saws. This does not seem like a good idea. Hopefully, you have to get some sort of permission to take the class. Shane spent a lot of time with a girl named Danni. She is failing all of her classes. Danni is really depressed. I feel bad for her because she says she never has the energy it takes to meet her goals. I am in that very situation right now and I can so relate.
Shane has invited Shane to sit next to him in Sociology so he can help her get her grade up. She seems to not really be able to focus on the project at hand. There is a 76% graduation rate at this high school. Danni seems to enjoy working on the project with Shane. Danni says she was first diagnosed with depression in the fourth grade but because lots of her family has it, she thinks she has always had it.
Jorge and Lina
Emily is taking a lot of flack for being crowned Winter Queen. The black students are trashing her and claiming that the Mexican students somehow rigged things for her to win. She is back to having that beautiful smile back on her face.
Jorge and Lina go bowling with Emily and D’Andre. Again don’t the kids start to suspect things when the cameras are there on a Friday night at the bowling alley?
Jorge and D’Andre go to an outdoor restaurant for dinner. Or a juice drink. They hear something that might have been gunshots says he is used to that since he moved to Topeka. D’Andre is a star athlete, has a perfect GPA, is the senior class president and is also enrolled in the military. He shares that he has been homeless twice in his life and was raised around a lot of violence. D’Andre says he is not his true self at school because he is bisexual. He can’t even be himself on social media and posts things he wants to.
Shane has the same US history class as Erin does. Neither are aware the other is part of the program. Erin is interested a student, Michelle who is very disruptive and seems to have some sort of speech issue or some other issues. Erin and Michelle go out to eat. The cameras are with them. Michelle is already in the Army. She signed up for eight years. Michelle said there are no good options for work in Topeka.
Twenty-two year old Nikki is joining the program on this episode. She’s very nervous. For on thing she’s never ridden a public bus before. I have that same sort of issue. When I’m traveling I take the metro or I take the train, but I try to avoid the bus just because the bus driver is sitting right there while you are making it obvious to the driver and the passengers that you are alone and have no idea what you are doing. Both of Nikki’s parents died when she was very young. She went to live with an uncle in a not so pleasant situation. She emancipated herself when she was 16 and got her own job and apartment while finishing high school. She got pregnant during her senior year. She graduated, but she hated high school.
The final undercover student, Kourtnei is also joining the program this episode. It’s her first time being on her own. She’s very excited about her own little house. She didn’t focus enough on school when she was there. She regretted that after she graduated. She is horrified that she has to give up her iPhone and use an android. She calls her mother she is so upset. He mother tells her this will humble her. She literally cries. She literally says nothing worse than this can happen during her undercover work.
Kourtnei’s first class was science and she was totally lost.
At the end of the show, we get a news report that there was a shooting and an 18-year-old female student, Kianna was killed and four other people were wounded. It is the talk of the school the next day.
Next Week: Michelle is crying and Erin is trying to figure out what is wrong. D’Andre seems to be getting closer to Jorge. Kourtnei has no friends and is texting her mom that she’s already ready to come home. There is more violence in the neighborhood.