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After talking about the life and shooting death of 15 year-old Hadiya Pendleton today, and Chicago’s culture of youth violence, we got this message from Jacqui Shine:
Every day I work in public and charter high schools across Chicago and see firsthand what a criminalized childhood looks like: metal detectors at entrances that signal distrust of students, police satellite offices, uniformed officers with weapons. (Charter schools, interestingly, don’t seem to have a POLICE presence, just security. Not sure why.) Public schools in Chicago are crawling with cops: with over 1500 security staff and 150+ uniformed police officers in the Chicago Public Schools who arrest over 25 students a day, CPS have become crime scenes that especially target children and adolescents of color. Are we criminalizing childhood? Why? You might talk to Mariame Kaba and Frank Edwards, who authored a 2012 report for Project NIA, “Policing Chicago Public Schools.”
And we say, thanks for the tip, Jacqui! For real, this is always part of Vocalo’s editorial procedure: you telling us what to do. We’ll reach out to Ms. Kaba.
And PS: Hadiya’s murder is getting the attention that we wish all homicide cases of young people would get. RIP, bright baby.