I know I’ve mentioned this a lot, but I feel it bears repeating: in many schools (especially my hometown of Chicago), violence remains the main…

I know I’ve mentioned this a lot, but I feel it bears repeating: in many schools (especially my hometown of Chicago), violence remains the main deterrent keeping school children from going to school. Most of the victims of gang violence have been people not even remotely involved with such groups. “As teenagers trickled into the Far South Side high school, they talked about the dangerous route they must traverse simply for an education. And they worried about what awaited them inside the schoolhouse walls, where tensions have brewed for a month before finally exploding into the city streets on Thursday.” –Chicago Tribune When the mere thought of walking to school is a menacing, a threatening possibility, then something is definitely awry. We (students, teachers, adults in the community, and so on) have a responsibility to our young people to keep their schools and their neighborhoods safe. How do you expect to excel in school when you fear for your life? When will this violence stop? What can be done so that students learn in a safe environment? – Allyson

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