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A second chance

Ohio congregation opens school for at-risk students

A girl with tattoos and a bare midriff sits a few feet from a picture of Jesus surrounded by children. Neither she nor her male classmates, who carry the set jaws and hard stares of guys who have gone a few rounds with authority figures, seem to notice the biblical scenes on the bulletin board.

They sit in a Sunday school classroom, but the sticker-speckled roster tacked beside the door doesn't list their names. It's not Sunday school these students attend — but the Christian Alternative School for Teens at Living Lord Lutheran Church, Warren, Ohio.

Opened in February, the school soon filled to capacity with 31 teens who had dropped out of public schools, been expelled or faced expulsion.


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