Many Chicago students face unsafe passage to and from school

10/16/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Many students in Chicago's public high schools face exposure to gangs, drugs and violence that makes for an often perilous journey to and from school. The issue was recently brought into the spotlight after 16-year-old Derrion Albert was beaten to death while on his way home from school. What is essentially a community problem has become a problem for schools as well, one high-school principal said. "Safe passage is one of the most pressing issues we face," she said.

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