Monday, January 04, 2016

Chiraq man murdered despite being on school Safe Passage route

With great fanfare last fall Chicago Public Schools rolled out Safe Passage route so students could walk to school with adult monitors without being worried about gang violence.

Someone on the on the West Side didn't heed the bright yellow signs this morning.

From the Chicago Tribune:
A 21-year-old man who was killed on a Safe Passage route on the first day back to school for Chicago Public Schools students was one of five people shot Monday.

The man killed was shot four times in the chest about 8:20 a.m. near Lake Street and Central Avenue in the city's Austin neighborhood, according to authorities.

Paramedics took him to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition, and he was later pronounced dead, according to authorities.
Police describe the homicide victim as "a documented gang member."

He didn't heed the signs either.

Let's take a look at how Chicago Public Schools identifies Safe Passage routes:
Safe Passage is designed to provide safe routes for students while traveling to and from school. Each identified school will have a uniquely tailored strategy, which will take into consideration that school's community (emphasis mine), popular modes of student transportation, arrival and dismissal times, and student residences.
And by community of course CPS means gangs. Good to know that Chicago Public Schools is institutionalizing street gang turf. And whoever heard of a "strategy" to walk to school?

Instead of "community" CPS should say "nearby vicious thugs."

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