Friday, March 13, 2009

Chicago police, school leaders meet to address student deaths

Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools leaders pledged Thursday to have better communication between the two organizations, including daily briefings, in an effort to tamp down youth violence.

Police Supt. Jody Weis and new schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman met privately for about 45 minutes at the district's headquarters the same day that school officials clarified their tally of students who have been violently killed this school year.

A school district spokeswoman said this week's shooting death of Franco Avila means 27 students have been killed, eclipsing last year's 26 for the entire school year. In 2006-07, there were 32 students killed in the school year, according to a Tribune tally.

Public attention on the school death numbers spurred the two to meet.

"It involves having a better understanding about what happens in schools ... so we can work more proactively on quelling the violence earlier," Huberman said. "We're looking at how we can do it in a more real-time fashion, literally do it every morning."

Weis said the strategies would allow the Police Department to share information with schools to make sure educators have information about potential gang feuds and can immediately report conflicts to police.
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