She was 14, all smiles, and — in spite of a tough life at home — Acia Johnson was on her way to better things. Straight A's. Big dreams. A responsible girl. Top athlete. High schools wanted her.
And eight weeks ago it all died. She died. In flames — alleged arson — with her little sister in her arms, in their own home.
Acia Johnson dreamed big, and a world of drugs and violence and crime pulled her down.
This hour, On Point: Fourteen, fighting hard — and now gone.Guests:
Keith O'Brien, reporter for The Boston Globe, he co-wrote the front-page article about Acia Johnson, "A Girl's Life," in last Sunday's paper.
Donovan Slack, City Hall Bureau Chief for The Boston Globe, she co-wrote "A Girl's Life."
Lex Mathews, principal of the Patrick F. Gavin Middle School in South Boston, where Acia Johnson was a student.
Angelo McClain, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, where he took over last year.
This program aired on June 4, 2008.