Police are escorting kids to schools, where inside "violent incidents are down, and college admissions are up."
Since the beginning of the school year, 24 public school students here have been murdered, most by gunfire. None was killed on school grounds but most lost their lives in their neighborhoods, sometimes on the way to class or the trip home. The youngest victim was a 7-year-old girl, waiting for an afternoon snack at a fast food drive-through with her father.
A reinvigorated gang war over territory south and west of downtown is at least partly to blame for the rising mayhem that is ensnarling ever-younger schoolchildren on neighborhood battlefields. An overwhelming majority of Chicago’s public school students — some 85 percent, according to federal statistics — live in poverty. Some find respite only at school.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Reinvigorated Chicago Gang Wars Cause Spike in the Deaths of Public School Children in their Neighborhoods
The toddling town has had trouble protecting its own school children: