CPS parents call on Mayor Emanuel to 'walk the walk'

Some parents say they are concerned about their children's' safety. To highlight the matter, they plan to walk from one school to the other.
April 2, 2013 3:18:53 PM PDT
Parents are calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ''walk the walk'' between some of the schools the city plans to close and the so-called ''welcoming schools.''

Some parents say they are concerned about their children's' safety. To highlight the matter, they plan to walk from one school to the other.

Tuesday, the parents went to City Hall to ask the mayor to join them.

The first walk will be from King School on South Campbell to Jensen School on West Harrison.

"Gangs are going to interact with our children. I don't want to see no child harmed," said parent Avanette Temple.

"There are millions of dollars to fund a RiverWalk to attract tourists, but we lack the funds when it comes to our children safely walking to school," said LaTonya Butts.

In a statement, the mayor's office said schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett continues to work with Chicago police, community and faith leaders to implement a safety plan for each school.


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