Anti-Violence Push Features Slain Student
The video shows Blair Holt playing basketball in his grandmother's backyard.
The question "Why?" is then imposed on the screen.
Blair, who was not a gang member, died in gang crossfire while shielding a classmate. Since then his father Ronald Holt has been speaking out against violence.
RONALD HOLT: When public violence prevails in our communities, our streets become cemeteries and playgrounds become battlegrounds and war zones.
A choked up Holt says parents need help with their own at-risk children, if schools are going to become safer.
CPS announced today $14 million dollars in new federal grants to the district to support after-school programs.
Officials say these initiatives can help shield students from violence.
I'm Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.