ERIC Number: EJ864157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-14
Reference Count: N/A
Outcry against Violence: Beating Death of Student in Chicago Spurs Attention to a Nationwide Problem
Aarons, Dakarai I.
Education Week, v29 n7 p1, 12-13 Oct 2009
In the wake of the videotaped beating death of a Chicago high school student, law-enforcement officials and educators called this week for renewed efforts to stem youth violence. But they also acknowledged that money and programs alone will not solve the problem. Cabinet members traveled to Chicago to offer money and to call for adults to play a larger role in the lives of teenagers. To help combat the violence, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced plans this week to increase police presence at schools during dismissal times and at public-transportation stops with heavy student traffic. Some education activists have blamed the district's Renaissance 2010 program, which has closed dozens of low-performing schools and replaced them with charters and charter-like schools, for the rise in violence. The closures have, at times, placed students from rival neighborhoods in the same school. In combating youth violence, some experts say, the best solutions come from local communities.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Violence, Urban Areas, High School Students, Police, At Risk Persons, Community Involvement, Law Enforcement, Homicide
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois