Best of 2015: Seattle Interagency Academy rocked by 6 student deaths in 6 months (podcast)

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This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will resume new content next week. 

In a tragedy that's gone largely unnoticed by the community at large, six students at Seattle Interagency Academy have been murdered or committed suicide in the last six months. The oldest was 20.

Interagency Academy is a network of small, alternative high schools within the Seattle Public School system. It focuses on at-risk youth, operating schools in a variety of locations across the city in partnership with organizations and agencies such as YouthCare's Orion Center for homeless youth and the King County jail.

Kaaren Andrews is the principal of Interagency Academy. She spoke with me about the six young victims, the impact of their lives and deaths on Interagency students and faculty and why the deaths of DeAndre, Rome'o, Junior, Isiah, Robert and James went unnoticed by the community at large.

DeAndre, 20, was shot to death on October 13, 2014.

Rome’o, 17, committed suicide on December 1, 2014.

Junior, 20, was shot and killed on December 31, 2014.

Isaiah, 18, committed suicide on January 1, 2015

Robert, 17, was shot and killed on Beacon Hill on March 14, 2015.

James, 18, committed suicide on March 20, 2015.

  

About the Authors & Contributors

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall

Katy Sewall is a journalist, radio host and podcast consultant. For nine years, she was Lead Producer (and occasional host) of KUOW's "Weekday" with Steve Scher. She has also worked with "RadioLab" and "A Prairie Home Companion." She currently produces and co-hosts the popular podcast "The Bittersweet Life" found on iTunes, Sticher, etc., and at www.thebittersweetlife.net.