WBEZ | Fenger High School http://www.wbez.org/tags/fenger-high-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Programs to keep kids off streets during violent summer may end http://www.wbez.org/news/programs-keep-kids-streets-during-violent-summer-may-end-108294 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Summer Stress 1_130805_kob.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most kids can&rsquo;t wait for summer; they&rsquo;re itching to get out of school and into the world. But when that world lacks basic resources--like food, shelter and safety--summer could be the scariest time of year.</p><p>On the far south side of Chicago, there&rsquo;s a school that offers an oasis--but its funding might soon run dry.</p><p>And as a recent graduate Abryanna Morris put it, there&rsquo;s really nowhere else for kids to go.</p><p>&ldquo;Kids are involved in gangs because that&rsquo;s the only thing to turn to, at the end of the day. Because there&rsquo;s nothing at all in the Roseland community to do but to go be with a gang...there&rsquo;s nothing for us to do,&rdquo; Morris explained.</p><p>Roseland begins where the Red Line ends. Nearly 20 percent of residents are unemployed. In the last year, more than a dozen people were killed in Roseland.</p><p>Yolanda Lucas has lived in the community for 30 years. She said violence has changed the neighborhood--that it doesn&rsquo;t feel safe or secure.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s no jobs, there&rsquo;s so much tension out there on the street. Everything is a little...like, panicky. I don&rsquo;t know how to explain it, it&rsquo;s just not comfortable,&rdquo; Lucas said.</p><p>Lucas and her husband have five kids---her babies, twin girls, will be juniors next year at <a href="http://www.fengerhighschool.org/" target="_blank">Fenger High School</a>. They, like many kids in the neighborhood, take a strategic route to school. Along the way, there are safety officers posted in what are called &ldquo;hot zones.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;For my kids, because now they have all this block-to-block gang activity...&lsquo;I don&rsquo;t like 111th, 113th is over here, we don&rsquo;t get along with them...&rsquo;&rdquo; Lucas described. &ldquo;It used to be neighborhood by neighborhood...no, it&rsquo;s block by block: State, Michigan, Wentworth, Yale...all the blocks against each other...so that mean I gotta go around this way to get to school versus going this way,&rdquo; Lucas continued.</p><p>Some likened it to a war zone.</p><p>&ldquo;What&rsquo;s happening in Afghanistan and Iraq is happening in Roseland...there are incidents of post-traumatic stress that our young people are facing,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/restoring-roseland-confronting-violence-peaceful-practices-106651" target="_blank">Robert Spicer</a>, culture and climate specialist at Fenger High School, said.</p><p>Spicer&rsquo;s job is to create a culture of peace at a school where high-risk is the norm. He said many kids aren&rsquo;t getting the mental health supports they need to deal with violence-related post-traumatic stress that&rsquo;s going on in the community.</p><p>Spicer and Fenger&rsquo;s principal, <a href="http://www.fengerhighschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=123989&amp;type=u" target="_blank">Elizabeth Dozier</a>, both remembered noticing early on in their tenures that things were especially heated before a long break.</p><p>&ldquo;Before Christmas and Thanksgiving breaks, spring breaks, we used to have here in our first couple years, the kids would just fight...what we realized it&rsquo;s the stress, honestly speaking, the stress of, OK so a lot of kids are going to go home, there&rsquo;s not going to be a meal, they&rsquo;re going to go into some really trying situations...we have children living in abandoned buildings; it&rsquo;s real, real deal stuff...&rdquo; Dozier recalled. &ldquo;And so they get stressed out and then that comes out in the form of aggression because they&rsquo;re teenagers.&rdquo;</p><p>And so, she reasoned, that as teenagers, that stress tends to come out in the form of aggression.</p><p>Nearly four years ago, after the particularly brutal death of Fenger honors student Derrion Albert, attention and resources flooded the school. Dozier took a $6-million federal grant and poured it into mentoring, after-school programs, counselors and security officers trained in de-escalation.</p><p>Fenger became an oasis--a safe place full of opportunities for every student.</p><p>Psychiatrist and violence-prevention expert <a href="http://www.psych.uic.edu/ijr/facultymember.asp?p=cbell" target="_blank">Carl Bell</a> said it&rsquo;s not surprising then that Fenger students would be anxious to be out for summer.</p><p>&ldquo;Let me put it to you this way: If I lived in a war zone and I was safe, away from the front lines...and you told me, &quot;OK, time for you to go back to the front lines...I&#39;d be kind of upset,&rdquo; Bell said.</p><p>Which is why Dozier and her team have developed a strategy to deal with summer breaks.</p><p>In the school&rsquo;s teachers lounge, Dozier erected a board with every student&#39;s name on it. Colors and tiers track the kids&rsquo; summer activities. She wanted every kid, especially those who are likely to find trouble, to do something, to remain connected to the school in some way. But even with a strategy in place, Dozier couldn&rsquo;t ensure their safety after leaving the confines of the school.&nbsp;</p><p>A student was shot late one Saturday night or early Sunday morning over one of the summer&rsquo;s early weekends. Dozier was notified by Chicago Public Schools the following Monday morning. She went to the hospital, thinking he might be there--but he wasn&rsquo;t. So then she went to his home...and he wasn&rsquo;t there either. As she was running around the neighborhood looking for him, she got a call from her staff at Fenger--the student was at school.</p><p>&ldquo;He got on his crutches and walked here [Fenger], he wanted to make sure he was here for the program that started on Monday...&rdquo; Dozier said. &ldquo;These programs are important to kids; and you would think a kid like that would be at home, in bed or whatever, but no, he&rsquo;s here. Him and his mom came to the school, made sure he was all set to go...and he was here,&rdquo; Dozier marveled.</p><p>But many of those programs may soon be unavailable. Fenger&#39;s federal grant runs out at the end of August.</p><p>Ideally, Bell said, the playing field would be level and all kids would have the same opportunities. But given the reality in Roseland, he said it&rsquo;s better to have had something--even if only temporarily.</p><p>&ldquo;If there&#39;s a shipwreck and there&#39;s 20 people in the water but only 10 spots on the boat...don&#39;t just leave me in the water: take me on the boat, dry me off, feed me, let me be dry for a couple hours then push me back in the water and get somebody else on the boat. I&rsquo;d rather be on the boat for a minute or two than not be in the boat at all,&rdquo; Bell reasoned.</p><p>He said that getting something gives a person a sense that there is something good out there.</p><p>&ldquo;We&#39;re sorry they can&#39;t stay but knowing that there is a moral order that eventually prevails...an ideal where people are treated fairly is important,&rdquo; Bell said.</p><p>And, Bell emphasized, it is important to continue floating life rafts Roseland&#39;s way to help young people&rsquo;s resiliency.</p><p><a href="http://www.sgayouth.org/" target="_blank">SGA Youth and Family Services</a> has implemented over 300 out-of-school-time activities at Fenger over these past few years. SGA&rsquo;s vice president of programs Ron Migalski, said programs like Safe Passages, are part of their proactive approach.</p><p>&ldquo;We will have well over a dozen staff who are going to be strategically positioned between these elementary schools and &lsquo;hot zones,&rsquo;if you will, where high crime areas are. So, if we have staff put in place from a proactive standpoint, we can overcome some of these impending crises that can develop&rdquo; Migalski said.</p><p>SGA said it is committed to creating a cradle-to-career pipeline in Roseland. A couple of years ago, it received the only federally awarded Promise Neighborhoods planning grant in the state.</p><p><a href="http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html" target="_blank">Promise Neighborhoods</a> is a federal program meant to fund community initiatives to keep kids safe and in school. And Migalski said he is hopeful that SGA will be able to continue its work.</p><p>The Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant is approximately $30 million over six years.</p><p>&ldquo;We&#39;re optimistic and hopeful. We have the support of nearly the entire community, residents, political leaders at the city, state and federal level. We can clearly justify the need why Roseland over any other,&rdquo; Migalski explained.</p><p>And Dozier said shootings like the one that happened this summer further underscore the need.</p><p>&ldquo;(Her student) was getting off a bus at 114th around, like 9 o&rsquo;clock at night, 9:30 at night and someone, two people came up to him, tried to rob him, take his cell phone and his wallet. And he started to run away and they started to shoot and they wound up shooting him in his foot. Is that wrong place, wrong time, can kids be out late? I don&rsquo;t know anymore...I just don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; Dozier trailed off.</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/katieobez" target="_blank">@katieobez</a></em></p><p><strong>Crime around Fenger from Chicago Data Portal</strong></p><div><p style="margin-bottom:3px"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crime-around-Fenger-High-School/ub6r-nhvr" style="font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;color:#333333;font-family:arial;" target="_blank">Crime around Fenger High School</a></p><iframe frameborder="0" height="646px" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/ub6r-nhvr/3q3f-6823?cur=oArufQrgQjz&amp;from=qsbvIrRLQIC" title="Crime around Fenger High School" width="760px">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crime-around-Fenger-High-School/ub6r-nhvr&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crime-around-Fenger-High-School/ub6r-nhvr&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Crime around Fenger High School&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Crime around Fenger High School&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/programs-keep-kids-streets-during-violent-summer-may-end-108294 Rally cry for Roseland http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/rally-cry-roseland-103428 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/oldfashionedbox%20Louisa%20Chu.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p>In November 1972, a man named Buritt Bulloch and his wife Mamie decided to open a business in that far South Side neighborhood known as Roseland. He said, &quot;I had heard that Roseland was a good place for family-run businesses.&quot;</p><p>For decades it had been, a thriving area of working-class prosperity, its stretch of Michigan Avenue was second only to downtown State Street as a shopping mecca: Gately&#39;s Peoples Store, Neisner&rsquo;s, Green&rsquo;s Five and Dime.</p><p>Want some furniture? Get it at Bimrose, Hatten&rsquo;s, Bass, Jordan&rsquo;s.</p><p>A movie? Head on over to the State, Parkway or Roseland theaters&hellip;</p><p>Bakeries? How about Ergo&#39;s or Liberty.</p><p>Taverns? Plenty&hellip;The Venice Inn, Parisi&#39;s, Knotty Pine, Pete &amp; Mames, The Macombo&hellip;</p><p>People in Roseland worked hard and wanted the best for their kids: Two of those kids made it very big.</p><p>Dennis DeYoung formed the band that would be Styx, and sell some 40 million albums, in a band that began in Roseland garage.</p><p>My guest later in the show, Robert Zemeckis, director of such films as <em>Back to the Future</em>, <em>Forrest Gump</em>, <em>Cast Away</em> and F<em>light</em>, opening next Friday, shot home movies as a kid in Roseland.</p><p>But things change; and by the time Bullouch and his wife moved into Roseland in 1972, it was on the downward spiral that now finds it one of the city&rsquo;s beaten up sections, punctuated by violence, peppered with abandoned homes&hellip;slim on opportunity.</p><p>But as in many other of the city&rsquo;s downtrodden areas&mdash;Austin, Englewood come quickly to mind&mdash;there are good and honest and hard-working people in Roseland. And there are always signs of hope.</p><p>Bulloch&rsquo;s business is still there, at 11248 S. Michigan Ave. Bulloch&#39;s business was and is making doughnuts and there are those who will tell you that Old Fashioned Doughnuts makes the best.</p><p>Naturally, Bulloch likes to hear such praise.</p><p>He says: &quot;I have a lot of loyal customers. A lot of people who moved away still come back here for their doughnuts.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>From the beginning Bulloch also operated a grill, serving hot dogs, hamburgers and other food; he also has shakes and ice cream.</p><p>Why? &quot;Some people, they don&#39;t have as big a taste for doughnuts when it&#39;s 95 degrees.&quot;</p><p>Bulloch is a native of northern Mississippi. He learned to make doughnuts during the many years he worked here for the Amy Joy Company. He saved his money. He opened his shop. Unlike many small business owners, Bulloch is not resentful of the larger chains that cut into their territory.</p><p>He says: &quot;Oh, that Dunkin&#39; Donuts was around here long before I opened. They make a pretty good doughnut. And even that Krispy Kreme, they started a long time ago in the South.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Krispy Kreme has all but destroyed Bulloch&#39;s once-thriving business with local schools, which used to buy dozens of his doughnuts for fund raisers.</p><p>&quot;But that&#39;s okay,&quot; Bulloch says. &quot;They don&#39;t make a bad doughnut but some people think they are sort of on the small side.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Bulloch&#39;s doughnuts are comparatively huge and as good as you will find anywhere. That&#39;s the reason he sells 200 dozen a day.&nbsp;</p><p>His secret?&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Just hard work, I guess,&quot; he says.</p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/rally-cry-roseland-103428 Teen gets 26 years in beating case http://www.wbez.org/story/beating-death/teen-gets-26-years-beating-case <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/shackles_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A judge in Chicago has handed down a 26-year sentence for a teen who pleaded guilty to participating in the beating death of a high school honor student that was caught on video.</p><p>Seventeen-year-old Eric Carson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2009 death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reports that Carson wept in court Friday as he said goodbye to his family. The sentence was part of an agreement with prosecutors.</p><p>Carson was 16 at the time of the attack. He was seen on the video hitting Albert on the back of the head with a large board. Albert was then beaten and stomped by several other teens.</p><p>Two other defendants have been convicted in Albert's death, and two others await trial.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/beating-death/teen-gets-26-years-beating-case Fifteen-year-old convicted in beating death of Fenger student http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/fifteen-year-old-convicted-beating-death-fenger-student <p><p>A Chicago jury has convicted a 15-year-old boy of first-degree murder in the beating death of a high school honor student that was captured on video and seen around the world.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about half an hour Wednesday. Prosecutors had rested their case earlier in the day and defense attorneys declined to call any witnesses after two days of testimony.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>The teen, who is not being identified because he is a juvenile, was one of five people charged in the beating death of 16-year-old Fenger High School student Derrion Albert during a mob brawl. The teen's attorney said the boy hit Albert but that it didn't cause the other teen's death.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>A pathologist said the single punch contributed to the student's death.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/fifteen-year-old-convicted-beating-death-fenger-student One year later: Where are the kids from the Derrion Albert beating now? http://www.wbez.org/aobejas/2010/09/one-year-later-where-are-the-kids-from-the-derrion-albert-beating-now/37701 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/wall.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2010-0151.jpg"><img style="width: 484px; height: 362px;" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-37705" title="2010 015" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//2010-0151-1024x768.jpg" alt="" /></a></p><p>Room 702 at the courthouse at 26<sup>th</sup> and California has a panoramic view of Cook County jail facilities: block brick buildings, guard posts, barbed wire in circles. On the wet, grey morning of September 16, lawyers mill about casually, occasionally joking, flipping through papers. A couple of Derrion Albert&rsquo;s family members sit on the west end of the third bench from the front, with lawyers coming and going before them, giving them updates on the day&rsquo;s wrangling.</p> <p>But for them, the courtroom is quiet and spare, with less than a score of spectators. Inevitably, they walk out to the hallway, look out the windows at the end of hall to the broad expanse of white clouds and penitentiary, then idle back inside.</p> <p>After almost two hours of whispers and lolling, the judge appears and five teenage boys are brought before him. They wear Department of Correction uniforms, hold their hands in front of their bodies, fingers laced in submission.</p> <p>One of them, Silvonus Shannon, cranes his neck to look at out at the courtroom, perhaps hoping for recognition or connection. He walks standing straight and without pause. Eric Carson and Eugene Riley shuffle in, indifferent or defiant or insecure, with a truncated swagger. A fourth boy, presumably Napoleon Colbert, keeps his eyes on the floor. A fifth defendant, an unidentified minor, trails them.</p> <p>The hearing lasts merely minutes, a continuation extended for October 4<sup>th</sup>. &nbsp;The utter banality of the proceedings underscores the ordinariness of their alleged crime, the beating death of 16 year-old Derrion Albert in broad daylight a year ago today, September 24.</p> <p>The killing was captured on video by a passerby, and was repeatedly aired all over the world, provoking outrage and political promises.</p> <p>But in the year since Albert, an honors student at Fenger High School, was murdered on 111<sup>th</sup> Street, there have been 19 similar murders in Roseland alone. In the year immediately before Albert was pummeled to death, there were 22.</p> <p>At Fenger, a huge red brick citadel where students pass through metal detectors to get to class, this has been Peace Week. The culmination is today, when students have the day off. The school, which takes up a full city block, is watched over at any given moment by a handful or more of uniformed cops. They&rsquo;re as common a sight as the occasional &ldquo;Snitches Get Stitches&rdquo; t-shirts worn by young men who loiter just outside the school&rsquo;s perimeters.</p> <p>The spot on which Albert was killed &ndash; where a memorial was raised then burned within days &ndash; is graffiti&rsquo;d with the words &ldquo;Love RIP&rdquo; and two Os or footprints. It&rsquo;s in a gravel lot about 10 blocks from Fenger, next to the Agape Community Center, and across from a couple of single family homes and the St. Mary Church of Prayer, a squat storefront with barely a sign of life. About a block west, the Pentecostal Temple boasts &ldquo;God is Real&rdquo; on its marquee. The area houses are sweet, cozy, some more stately than others, a few boarded up and foreclosed. The Agape sits among them like a concrete fortress, with no windows out onto the street, its name obscured by trees. It&rsquo;s here that Albert&rsquo;s mangled body was dragged after he was repeatedly kicked and punched by other teens.</p> <p>On the video &ndash; caught on a cell phone and thus erratic and noisy &ndash; Albert is seen walking up to the gravel lot on a clear and pale day then savagely struck by a railroad tie. As soon as he recovers, he&rsquo;s punched and falls again. There&rsquo;s screaming, chaos, a handful of young men facing each other off in the middle of the street. A voice can be heard screaming, &ldquo;Derrion, get up!&rdquo;</p> <p>What&rsquo;s not on the video is a thunderstruck young man named Jeremiah Sterling, another Fenger student, watching the madness, reaching to help Albert up from the ground.</p> <p>Ten months later, just about a mile straight west, Jeremiah Sterling would become yet another victim of violence, shot dead on a sunny Chicago summer afternoon.</p></p> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/aobejas/2010/09/one-year-later-where-are-the-kids-from-the-derrion-albert-beating-now/37701