"It's our livelihood...versus...our lives."
Well, no, it isn't really. I think that's where you're going wrong, right at that point.
If I lived in Chicago I think I would be praying "Don't let my kid get any of these overdramatic women next year."
Though if I were in high school I might be thinking "That would be awesome. Easy A! I know exactly what to say and what to do for a final project. Honor roll, here I come!"