The Untold Story of a Loy Norrix Student Overcoming Life Problems

Cheyanne Walker (left) is working with Ashly Pearson (right) during Journalism. Ashly is one of the many friends who has helped Cheyanne throughout her bad times.
Cheyanne Walker (left) is working with Ashly Pearson (right) during Journalism. Ashly is one of the many friends who has helped Cheyanne throughout her bad times.

Six years old, in her room hearing shouting. Just another fight between mom and dad she thought to herself. Another night of name-calling, intense screaming, and unhappiness. Cheyanne Walker is a fifteen year old junior that attends Loy Norrix High School. She was born in Richland, Michigan and has been dealing with struggles almost all of her life.

“I want to make a difference because I grew up in a really unstable house, so I don’t want kids to have to go through what I went through,” she said.

As a child Cheyanne was called names that she didn’t know the definition of until hearing them so many times. She spent most of her time at her grandparents’ house where they would smoke around her and where physical fights would occur. Things didn’t become easier in middle school.

During middle school Cheyanne developed drug and alcohol problems.  However she is not alone. According to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, nine percent of middle school students see illegal drugs used , sold, and students high and/or drunk. Not wanting to be like her cousin who dropped out of school and is employed at Burger King, she has been clean from her drug and alcohol problems for many weeks as of now.

When asked if Loy Norrix has helped her with her problems, she replied “My friends have helped me stay clean and when I want to do stuff that would be bad for me they help and tell me not to.”

Also, her life at home has improved with less intense fighting. Even though Cheyanne has had problems in her life that most people don’t have to go through, she said, “Overall, I call myself happy but depressed.”

One comment

  1. Nicely written! This is an article that a lot of people can relate to for one reason or another. It is great that Knight Life is opening an outlet for people to share their story, encourage others and bring to life issues that are often overlooked or not discussed. Cheyanne, you are already making a difference. Too many people are afraid to share their story because they don’t know how others will respond. You are showing that part of healing is sharing and allowing yourself to be around people who can support and love you. People need to know they are not alone and that is exactly what you have done!


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