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Supt. Witherspoon Defends 'Safe School Zone' At ETHS

"I can’t begin to tell you how much that one tool would go to begin to defuse things and keep our children safe," Witherspoon told city council members this week.

Evanston Township High School District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon told members of the city council that a "safe school zone" at the high school would go a long way toward improving student safety.

Under Illinois law, a safe school zone creates an area where police officers can arrest people for trespassing who have been suspended or expelled from school or who have been personally notified they cannot enter the safe school zone. Members of the District 202 school board have been talking about establishing a safe school zone for weeks, and passed a resolution to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the city unanimously in June. The next step is for the city council to approve the intergovernmental agreement, which would allow Evanston police officers to enforce the boundaries.


On Monday, city council members voted to hold introduction of the enabling ordinance for another meeting, in order to work out the language of the ordinance and to communicate better with neighbors.

Read more: Proposed Safe School Zone Pits ETHS Officials Against School Neighbors
Jim August 17, 2013 at 08:30 PM
The real concern from a community and social point of view is why we need a safe zone around any school. It speaks to community decline and an acceptance of our children being in danger from criminal elements. Not good.
Jordan S. Zoot August 18, 2013 at 09:04 AM
Add an ARMED neighborhood watch to help....maybe with K-9 patrol dogs to help enforce......and put a barbed wire topped fence around the entire zone with gates to enter and exit school grounds.
Jordan S. Zoot August 18, 2013 at 09:24 AM
One more thought..amend the law to make violation of the safe school zone a FELONY with a minimum two year prison sentence.
Jordan S. Zoot August 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Rumor has it that the City has bought ten of these to use for patrol around the high school...YAY!!! http://i1348.photobucket.com/albums/p725/Beecher_Tool/ScreenShot2013-08-18at91351AM_zps723e24c1.png
Karen August 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Jennifer, this is the same quote that was on your previous story. Why are there always multiple articles positioned as new when it is verbatim parts of the same article over and over that we have to get numerous emails about. I've never seen a supposed news source that recycles parts of the same story over and over and over...I really don't get this supposed news source. Very silly.
Mildred August 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM
@Karen This is first time I saw this article. I believe Supt. Witherspoon made his comments yesterday.. MSNBC AND YAHOO rewrite there stores and change headlines all the time. But you probably think that's ok
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) August 18, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Karen, it is the same quote, but we didn't post the video on the earlier story. We thought some readers might want to see everything Witherspoon said.
Jordan S. Zoot August 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Jennifer....you guys are doing a great job...ignore the whining from the peanut gallery.

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