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I don’t know the answer to the teen violence that took the life of a Chicago honor student last week as he was leaving school and walking to his school bus. (Here is another AJC story on the killing.)
Before anybody here at Get Schooled launches into the predictable comments that this is a black problem, please recall that every mass school shooter in recent times here in the U.S. has been a white assailant, many of whom were from two-parent families. (I was thinking of k-12 shootings, but a poster points out that the VA Tech shooter was not white. He was Asian American.)
And this is not only a school problem, although it is magnified when it happens at or near a school. Schools can’t solve this alone with more school resource officers.
CNN has comments by Derrion Albert’s minister and the Chicago school CEO on the horrific and unprovoked attack that was caught on a cell phone camera and replayed nationwide.
Ron Huberman, Chicago Public Schools CEO: “How do we make sure this event doesn’t become another event? Another vigil on another day.”
The Rev. Michael Pfleger : “What kind of person, what kind of individual, has such rage and such anger and such madness. We’ve got to get to the hearts of our children, because nothing, nothing, excuses or justifies the actions of an individual who would beat another individual. Nothing justifies that in this society. It’s time for guns, and it’s time for two-by-fours to stop being the way we treat each other.”
Pfleger said it was time to make a change, so children aren’t afraid to go to or from school. He said teen violence was not just a crisis for Chicago where there has been a rash of teen deaths, but was happening all over, from “Oakland to Newark.”
As he spoke, the minister was flanked by people holding signs with photos of a young child and the words “Don’t shoot, I want to grow up,” according to CNN
Can this youth violence be stemmed or must we accept that it’s the wild west out there today?