Katrina & Beyond

Teen Life Left Adrift After Katrina

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It's been almost three months since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, destroying homes and businesses, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Teen-agers who have been uprooted face unique challenges. They are trying to fit into new schools and don't know what will happen to their ambitions to go to college. They wonder whether the closely held traditions will continue: the prom, the yearbook, the school ring. They've been separated from their best friends, and in many cases, their parents and family. A talk about how teens are coping with disaster.


Ashley Nelson, senior at Sharpstown High School in Houston, Texas

Dr. Herb Mandell, child psychiatrist and medical director for KidsPeace and the KidsPeace Children's Hospital, an intensive program to help children overcome severe emotional traumas.

Maria Hernandez, senior at Union High School in Tulsa, Okl.

Barri Bronsten, staff writer for New Orleans' Times-Picayune



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