WBEZ | 50/50 http://www.wbez.org/tags/5050 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en That video you saw of the high school brawl? Brawls happen every day. http://www.wbez.org/llutton/2009/09/that-video-you-saw-of-the-high-school-brawl-it-happens-every-day/6366 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/robeson-final.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-6368" title="robeson-final" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/robeson-final.jpg" alt="robeson-final" width="500" height="300" /></a> Mob fights like the one that killed 16-year-old Derrion Albert are a common occurrence outside many of the city's general high schools. The amateur video of the fight between Fenger High School students on September 24 shows students pummeling Albert and others with heavy wooden planks, and it's been playing almost constantly on national television. But Chicago teachers, students and youth advocates say there's only one thing that separates this fight from others: <blockquote>"On the West Side and on the south Side, there were other mob fights that same day," says Phillip Jackson, founder of the Black Star Project. "The reason that we're talking about Fenger is because a young boy was killed. Not because it was so unique. And not because it was the only place where this was happening. It's only because this one young man was killed."</blockquote> Kids call it "mobbin'" "¦ and it's happening at elementary schools, too, Jackson says. The fights rarely get any press attention. That's something this teacher noticed as he described a brawl outside Harper High School in a post to <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/district-299/2009/07/revamped-tribune-education-team-taking-shape.html#loggedin" target="_blank">District 299</a> this summer. <blockquote>I watched from the second floor of Harper High School as a 200 student Riot broiled across the playground. Bats, fists, clubs, the neighbors, were all involved. It was my second day of student teaching. Being naƒ¯ve I read all the local papers the next day, nothing, not one word. I saw blood, scores of police, arrests, and one injured teacher from the melee but I guess it wasn't news.</blockquote> During our reporting from Robeson High School last school year we saw fights regularly that involved dozens of students. Principal Gerald Morrow shooed kids off school grounds, and the fights spilled down the block. They often began with a false fire alarm pull. You can hear Robeson students interview each other about the fire alarms and fights -- and Principal Morrow getting injured when he tries to step in: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/robeson-teen.mp3">robeson-teen</a> Fenger High School junior Sabrina Porter told me yesterday that there are usually fights every day at the school. "Since the incident happened with Darrion, this is the only time where there hasn't been a fight two days in a row," she said. <strong>Mob Spotting</strong>: Check out 35th and King Drive this Friday when nearby high schools let out, 2:30pm -- 3:30pm.</p> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/llutton/2009/09/that-video-you-saw-of-the-high-school-brawl-it-happens-every-day/6366 50/50 Series: Trust and Access http://www.wbez.org/jmcevoy/2008/12/5050-trust-and-access/822 <p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859" onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=30859&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');"><img alt="" class="alignleft" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2008/12/rodney_blog.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 7px; float: left;" width="250" height="236">Robeson staff are pretty open door with us hanging around in the halls and classrooms</a>. Principal Morrow (left) says he wants everyone to see what's really going on there, the bad and the good. When Photographer <a href="http://www.carlosortiz-photo.com/" onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.carlosortiz-photo.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');" target="_blank">Carlos Ortiz</a> came to take pics for the series, he seemed taken aback by what he saw.‚&nbsp; It made me wonder if I was losing perspective. <a href="http://http://www.wbez.org/5050.aspx%20" onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/http_//www.wbez.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');">Demetrius </a>is the student I'm profiling later in the week. He got very uncomfortable when we wanted to put a wireless mic on him and we had to back off.‚&nbsp; He said people would think he's a snitch and calls it the "secret mic," which it kind of is. About six months into reporting two Robeson students got shot in an alley. One was named Quetin. We'd been <a href="http://fifty-fifty.ning.com/" onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=822');urchinTracker('/outgoing/fifty-fifty.ning.com/?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?post_status=draft');" target="_blank">working with a students</a> including a great guy named Quentin, so it was a horrible moment. We found out It wasn't him. So tragic for kids who died.‚&nbsp; Supposedly they had a pattern of robbing homes in the area. Doesn't make it right they're dead, though.</p></p> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jmcevoy/2008/12/5050-trust-and-access/822 50/50 Series: Sarah and Me http://www.wbez.org/nmoore/2008/12/sarah-and-me/775 <p><p>Sarah's family had warned me about her attitude problem. But it took two months for me to see it.</p><p>As reporters on the "50-50" dropout project at Robeson High School, we often show up in the classrooms of students we're following.</p><p>Our intrusive microphones are in their faces when we record them at home, too. Immersion reporting is completely different in broadcast as compared to print. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2008/12/sarahnatalie_blogjpg.jpg"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2008/12/sarahnatalie_blogjpg.jpg" style="float: left; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 7px;" title="sarahnatalie_blogjpg"></a></p><p>One day in the lunchroom Sarah told me she was having a bad day and was tired of me and my mic. No more questions, she said.</p><p>I ended up leaving that afternoon but I wanted to make sure we were still cool.</p><p>Sarah decided to ignore me for a couple weeks - even after her mother, sister and a security guard at Robeson told her she shouldn't be rude to me. Sarah eventually came around.</p><p>After all, she's a teenager and mood swings are part of the course. I'm in Sarah's life and around her family. Trust is key on this assignment; Sarah and I are both growing.</p><p><em>Editor's Note: You can hear stories from the <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx" onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/?p=775');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fs%3D50%252F50%26m%3D0%26cat%3D0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fs%3D50%252F50%26m%3D0%26cat%3D0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fs%3D50%252F50%26m%3D0%26cat%3D0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fs%3D50%252F50%26m%3D0%26cat%3D0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?s=50%2F50&amp;m=0&amp;cat=0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php?s=50%2F50&amp;m=0&amp;cat=0');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fpost_status%3Dpending');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fpost_status%3Dpending');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fpost_status%3Dpending');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/5050.aspx?referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=775');">50/50 series</a> beginning December 15. Learn more about the series and the students and teachers you'll meet.</em></p></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/nmoore/2008/12/sarah-and-me/775