This morning, Chicago police are saying that a 15-year old Chicago teen is in ‘critical condition’ after she was hit on the head, dragged between two houses and raped just blocks away from her schools ‘Safe Passage’ route – A city program that was implemented in 1999, to help combat Chicago’s growing gun violence problem and keep kids safe on their way to school.
In the wake of this incident, local authorities were quick to point out that the teen was walking to school at 6 a.m., an hour before her Safe Passage route was set to be staffed with patrol officers.
After laying in the snow for two hours, the girl was finally discovered; conscious but barely moving. Now concerned parents are questioning the effectiveness of this program.
Ada Cambron, a parent of one of the students told a local news station, “Everybody is scared. It can happen to any of our kids so everybody is worried…In the morning you never see police walking around and stuff like that”. She then when onto to say that, it shouldn’t have taken the rape of a student to prompt patrol officers to do a ‘better job’.
Still authorities insist that absent patrol members are not to blame, “We can’t say it was a result of a problem with Safe Passage, but we know it’s not suppose to happen.”