Walking from his Chicago high school to the bus stop, 16-year-old Derrion Albert was hit with a wood plank, punched and stomped to death by a mob of teenagers from rival neighborhoods. Apparently, the honor student was attacked by both factions, police say. The attack was caught on video. Four teens have been arrested so far.
Fenger High School has reopened, reports the Chicago Tribune. But students fear more violence.
Many students were so afraid, they simply stayed home.
The ones who showed up were met by more than a dozen police officers standing sentry around campus and by squad cars positioned in the neighborhood announcing, by their mere presence, that they would guarantee safe passage to and from school.
. . . Nakia Fulton, a Fenger senior, said she too was nervous about attending school Monday.
“It wasn’t just that they beat him to death,” she said. “It’s that kids don’t know how to control themselves.”
Alexander Russo’s District 299 blog has links to stories on Albert’s murder.
I wonder if parent volunteers from both neighborhoods could be organized to patrol the route from the school to the bus stop. These are their children.