In 2008, a team of WBEZ reporters embedded themselves into one of Chicago's toughest schools, Robeson High School on the South Side. Our series, 50/50: The Odds of Graduating followed the path of several students.
Today, CPD chief Jody Weis is calling on kids to come forth and give up other kids involved in the brawl outside Fenger last week. But if you listen to one Robeson high school student, Dahvies Holmes, explain why kids don't snitch, you get the impression Weis won't be getting many calls from kids.
We're wrapping up the year-long series 50/50: The Odds of Graduating with a roundtable discussion from Robeson High School on Chicago's South Side.
Review the blog discussion with series reporters
WBEZ has spent a lot of time at Robeson trying to explain why some students drop out of this Chicago neighborhood high school. But there are students who do finish in four years – despite obstacles. And there are ones who are simply motivated by school. Freshman Sarah Vance is motivated.
We've been following Mykelle Wheeler through ninth grade this year as part of our series, 50/50: The Odds of Graduating. Mykelle was identified as being a drop-out risk even before he got to Robeson. He's made it through the year, but Mykelle says he's BORED by school.