“First time, been here 3.5 months. I had drugs at school and was a runaway. I was caught twice with drugs at school. First time was meth and the second time was weed. I was suspended for five days. My mom visits twice a week. She lives in South-East Portland. I live with my brother who’s 18. He’s been in trouble. My two older brothers have been deported. All of them are gang affiliated. South-siders, 13th street. I’m smart I’m supposed be to a senior this year. I’m doing 48 months, but I’ll probably do 38 for good time. I’ve got three counts for assault too. I stabbed this girl.
All the people I know are users.
My aunts, uncles, cousins, they all hang out at my boyfriends house.
I came here when I was four. My dad was deported nine or ten years ago. Then he was deported again. I started doing drugs at 14. Mom doesn’t drink or use. She’s the church lady. She left my dad years ago. He used to hit her. I’ve never been to counseling. All the people I know are users. My aunts, uncles, cousins, they all hang out at my boyfriends house. They’re all tweakers. Nobody made us do drugs. I would always be doing weed. Then this older guy gave me meth. I did it first period before school. Weed makes me sleepy. I like a meth high. I stopped after freshman year, but I had a relapse. My boyfriend would hook me up. He would smoke me out. He wouldn’t just sell 20s or 40s, but he would sell 200s or 400s. I wasn’t born here, so I’ll probably get deported. It’s just a free ride to Mexico. I’m okay with being deported. I met my boyfriend when I was 15 and he was 23. He would buy me clothes, food. He would give me drugs. My mom knew him. He works at the Portland blue building.”
-E.D., age 16, Oak Creek Oregon, Albany, Oregon