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Students meet to discuss violence

October 8, 2009 8:23:37 PM PDT
Students in Chicago and the suburbs are taking a stand against violence.Bells were rung in a ceremony on the south side tonight in memory of the dozens of Chicago students who've been killed in the past year.

"Everybody is not out there to sell drugs and kill. We want to get out here and do right," said, James Davis, Chicago Vocational School.

They want to do what's right. Chicago students, including those from Fenger High, speak up and speak out.

"We called this meeting for the youth to hear what each other has got to say, to have everyone else to hear what we have to say. I think it's going to work," said Shanequa Burgess, Fenger High junior.

So they talked about why they're angry.

"The reason why we're so angry...in a way we're mad at ourselves, but our parents, our parents not getting involved in our lives, they are focused on themselves," said Deandre Berry, Simeon student.

They're angry about their broken homes.

"My mom, she's deceased. My dad, who knows where he is. So I'm a victim of not having people around you for support all the time," said Dezeree Glover, Fenger student.

They're angry about the violence that killed their classmate, Derrion Albert, and putting an end to the 'code of Silence.'

"That's the worst thing you can be is a snitch?that's one thing we have got to break right there because that's crazy," said Deabloe Banks, South Suburban college student.

More than a hundred students attend this event at The Youth Peace Center, just across the railroad tracks were Albert was beaten to death. The students want the violence to stop.

"There is hope. But you certain people who are here now, those are the people who care. You still have many more out there who don't care. They're still doing the same thing," said Kaysean Thomas, Fenger student.

"Fenger is not really bad...I've been there all four years," said Tony Anderson, Fenger student.

Fenger students who attended Thursday night's meeting hope their classmates who did not make it will take the time to stop at a church or community organization and ask for help.

"You don't have to gang bang, sell drugs, all this other stuff, centers are open around you and you can always go to them. Every door is open," said Burgess.


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