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Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?

#003 Precious Lives: More Than A Teacher

Trace Matabele was teaching art in northwest Milwaukee when a student burst into tears. 

The student was mourning the death of Precise Martin. A friend didn’t know there was a bullet in the chamber when he pointed an AR-15 rifle at Precise’s chest and pulled the trigger. That’s when Trace decided to change her lesson plan, and give her students a voice.

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