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Residents Pledge to Combat Youth Violence

City officials, community organizers and concerned residents gather to think about solutions to youth-related violence.

After five youth-related homicides stunned the Evanston community in 2010, awakened the city once more--and spurred its residents to action. Nearly 100 concerned citizens  gathered in west Evanston last week to, in the words of one impassioned speaker, “take their community back.” 

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The block party and ensuing candlelight vigil were both part of the National Night Out Celebration, an annual event designed to raise awareness about crime prevention efforts happening in the community.  

Held on what is thought of by some residents as one of the more dangerous street corners in the city, city officials, community organizers and neighbors used the rally on Church and Dodge to talk about how to better support area youth and ongoing efforts to mitigate youth violence.  

Carla Belniak August 09, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Someone should take a look at Evanston High School "internal security" who for years has been keeping incidents quiet and within school purview. The last thing they want is for you to call the Evanston police. If you son or daughter is pushed around or attacked they even discourage the parents getting together and discussing the incident and what they could do to make it better. Ask your kids if they are scared and call every news agency in the city! School administrations are there to make themselves and their school look good in the rankings. They should eliminate AP Honors and "Regular" classes. All the good teachers teach the upper rated classes. They should have the AP and honors level students in same class as everybody else and the kids get to know and help each other and quit pretending everything is alright which it clearly isn't.
Leroy August 09, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Sorry Carla but you don't know how ETHS operates. Start with the District 202 school board and then work your way down. They are the ones who dictate how the school operates. Then look at some of the parents of the children involved in foolishness at the school. If the community is a violent place how can you expect the school to be violent free? Just wondering?
Barbara Wolter August 09, 2011 at 05:39 PM
How about an internal ETHS police outpost like the one in Dominicks? I am sure some out there would be offended by this suggestion and I will tell them I am offended that they are offended!
Frank August 10, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Carla, you're getting bad info. Maybe that happened in the past but not anymore. The security at ETHS has worked with EPD to determine who some of the juvenille offenders are in the local "clicks" (gangs) and also to help identify thieves from some of the Dominicks and other incidents. Barbara, there is a SRO (School Resource Officer) who is at the school year round. They have an office within the school, so that would qualify as an outpost.

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