The author tells of his feelings and experiences during his first morning back at school in 1982. He realized at this point how grown up he was at that time and how he looked forward to attending O. Henry School. He then talks further about Jerome and a gunshot incident, and describes his feelings after learning about Jerome's condition. He tells of how Jerome got shot and how guilty he felt at that time. He notes of the violence that beset their neighbourhood in the early 1980s.
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