To Keep Kids Safe, Chicagoans Join the Walk to School

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The Christian Science Monitor

After a shooting in March left one student dead and others fearing retaliation, West Side Chicago parents and volunteers began joining police each weekday morning to escort up to two dozen students from ABLA Homes, a public housing project, to the Richard T. Crane Technical Preparatory Common School two miles away. In the afternoon they make the return trip, which includes a ride on a city bus.

The residents’ reaction to the March shooting is one of the most organized local responses to a wave of violence that has engulfed city youth. Since the beginning of the school year, 24 public school students in Chicago have been killed, 21 of them by firearms. Even though most neighborhood violence occurs off school grounds, experts say school violence has a profound effect on students’ education and their ability to focus on learning. June 3,