Northern Ireland: Death After School

Death After School

Every war has rules of engagement. Even the random bursts of street violence in Belfast follow a certain code. Chuckie, 11, explains how it works. When instructed to blockade a street, it is O.K. to steal public vans and buses but not private cars, because those, he says, "could belong to one of your own." The summer he turned ten, Chuckie came upon three teenagers in ski masks hijacking a plumber's van. He impulsively flung himself into the back of the truck; after the hijackers crashed the van and set it on fire, Chuckie helped pour gasoline on the wreck to...

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