How Sullivan Learned to ‘Fake a Calm’

Maple Sullivan, 19, from Trenton, New Jersey, had a gun pulled on her for the first time when she was a freshman in high school. 

“Compared to the eight-ish times it’s happened in my life, the first time’s the scariest, for sure,” Sullivan says.  

Under her cap and behind her large framed glasses, Sullivan isn’t afraid to hold eye contact. Today while sitting in her introduction to journalism class, her hat reads “Fight Like A Girl.” She waves her hands in front of her and smiles as she reflects on the first time she faced the barrel of a gun. 

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