Chicago Schools Violence Roundup

All violence, all the time:

Teen killed in apparent robbery attempt


According to his grandmother, Cannon graduated from Salem Christian
Academy and attended King College Prep High School, more recently
attempting to earn a diploma through the Pathways in Education program.

Poets tell story of Chicago school children killed Tribune
"We started with 12 and over a two-year span ended with over 60 kids who were killed," said Amparan.

10th-grader slain walking home from school Tribune
two years, she kept her son out of nearby Tilden High School to avoid
gang problems, but he returned there this fall.
The 17-year-old 10th-grader is the fourth Chicago public school student
killed this year.

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  • Rev. Sharpton joins Two-day boycott of South Side school planned by Fenger parents to spotlight violence,w-fenger-boycott-al-sharpton-102609.article

  • substance claims that huberman response to tilden killing is an insult to teachers --§ion=Article

    not sure i understand or agree entirely, but FTW.


  • More.

  • when are daley, weis and huberman going to be removed? how many children are going to be murdered until someone says enough is enough.

    Dyett HS student fatally shot on way to class: Martel Barrett
    October 26, 2009

    10th-grader slain walking home from school: Gamaliel Toscano
    October 23, 2009

    Honor Student Beaten To Death: Darren Albert
    September 24, 2009

  • This violence is not the fault of Huberman, Daley or any politician. It is the fault of parents who can't even rear their children to live peaceably in a civilized society. The only thing I think Huberman and Daley could do is expel the violent students--and state and city law often forestall that course of action.

    Until they change the laws that require compulsory school attendance and change the laws that guarantee even disruptive students a FAPE at their local school, I will support the existence and expansion of charter, magnet, and selective enrollment schools and encourage decent students to attend them. If the laws won't allow the removal of the bad elements from neighborhood schools, then allow everyone else to remove themselves.

  • Oh Cermak rd--how wrong you are. What of the desent students who cannot get into these schools or get to these schools due to no money no cta or just violence. You wipe out a whole group of law abiding families and their children. Such short vision. Ron and Arne and the mayor are responsible for this--send the altgeld kids right back to carver--right now! They deserve and their families deserve this--those who are already and for years, law abiding.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Then build more schools for the students who can't get in and make sure there are decent schools in every neighborhood for those students interested in actually acquiring an education. But those schools should have standards of conduct, and academic progress to continue at the school. Of course, if you change the neighborhood schools to have those kinds of standards, and change the relevant laws then a whole lot of the need for special schools goes away.

    It was, I am convinced, the overly-compassionate dunderheads who caused this problem in the first place by requiring the education of even the most disruptive students with regular students. This may have been necessary to correct other problems, but it sure caused a whole crop of new problems.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    To Cermak Road: Would you first support making sure that students who are disruptive to classroom order are referred to evaluation for disability when this behavior first emerges (likely in grade school)? That's the first step to getting the calm classroom environment you're looking for. The final step in that process, of course, would be getting those students who need it the services, supports, etc., that enable them to be stable in the right environment (which might be other than the general classroom). Would you first support this effort?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    For legitimately disabled students, but not for those who only have conduct disorders. Students with conduct disorders should be put into special schools or at least self-contained classrooms. Students with LDs, physical handicaps, etc. should be mainstreamed where they don't cause an impediment to the education of the other students and separated when they do.

    However, if you have cases where over 25% of the population of a school is disabled, it does lead one to wondering just what the issue is. I understand, thanks to Rod, why it is that poor neighborhoods will have more disabled students, but not to that extent.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    The reality of CPS students with clinically diagnosed conduct disorders, and oppositional defiant disorder is that it is very close to impossible to teach them in the mainstream inside inner city schools. I have seen some younger middle school students with these types of psychiatric problems educated in regular education classrooms in Lake County. But there the parents of these students were very actively engaged in family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and social skills training for the students. These students were also recieving psyco-pharmacological interventions of fairly high quaility. This is not likely to happen with lower income families, but occasionally it may.

    Often times inner city students with these types of disabilities recieve very poor mental health services and are largely pharmacologically treated with drugs like Risperidone alone or in combination with lithium or valproate from relatively young ages. The administration of drugs for poor youth in Chicago is a problem, because the students do not get adequate direct psychiatric services to effectively monitor the drugs.

    The more you know about these students who live in Chicago's poorest communities the more disturbing it becomes and one does have to fight being overly pessimistic.

    Rod Estvan

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