Lately whenever I turn on the news all I hear about is beatings and killings of kids at Chicago public schools. Violence is becoming a huge issue in our society today, and I think people need to become aware of this. Within the last five years there were over 500 shootings in the Chicago area. Just the other day on the news there was a 16 year old boy who was badly beaten with a bat on his way home from school. He got caught up between two gangs but he was just an innocent victim. Kids have just stopped going to school because they are scared that they will become victims in all of this violence. Imagine a learning environment where kids don’t feel safe at their own school, and every day is a struggle to stay away from the gang violence to stay alive. It must be very hard to learn in an environment like this. The question is, what can be done about this?
There are many organizations being formed to put a stop to violence in schools. There are rallies against gun violence and organizations like Mothers against Guns. City officials are and schools are desperately trying to put a stop to this violence by speaking out against it and protests. Police are even patrolling the areas around the schools when it gets out, but is this enough? With all the steps people are taking to stop the violence why do you think it is still a huge issue in our society? What else do you think should be done? Do you feel safe at school?