Profile: Alfred’s Lesson On Choosing Friends

It was three years ago in New York when Alfred Coney got hit in the head with a pipe. He had been hanging out with friends when a fight broke out. “I didn’t know what hit me,’’ Coney said. Though he was not severely injured, Coney decided to stop hanging out with certain friends because he could have lost his life because of those friends. “I will be careful of the friends I have and just hang out with the ones who only want the best for me,’’ he said.

Profile: Malcolm’s Brush With Death

In 2012, 15-year-old Malcolm Sharpe was hanging out with friends at their home when he faced death. His friend, Albert, flipped him from float into a pool. This caused Malcolm to panic and try to swim away, but Albert kept grabbing him to bring him back into the water. Finally, Malcolm had to choke Albert into submission, allowing him to escape. “It was traumatizing and made me panic,’’ Sharpe, now 16, said.