With curly dark hair and rosy cheeks, 8th-grader Anthony Henderson paces the front of the room in the Somerville Public Safety Building, putting the final touches on a Peace Keepers presentation with two others.
He fidgets with the hood of his black and grey sweatshirt to make a final point. Sometimes I’ll just be walking, and I hear them yelling and then that would just happen.
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