Number of CPS Students Shot Rises, as Does Fear of More to Come

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune, June 26, 2012

The number of Chicago Public Schools students killed in gun violence this past school year dipped slightly from the previous year, but the total number of students who were shot was up sharply, according to figures from Chicago police.

Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll—319—was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year.

The rise in shootings of CPS students compounds concerns over an alarming increase in the city’s homicide rate. Through June 17, homicides are up about 38 percent citywide this year compared with the same period in 2011, while shootings are up 12 percent.


The national spotlight on the beating death of Derrion Albert in 2009 brought a heightened focus on combating youth violence under former schools chief Ron Huberman. He added mentoring and advocacy programs for at-risk students, launched intensive “Culture of Calm” programs at 38 troubled high schools, provided community patrols at schools and enlisted faith leaders to open churches after school and during the summer to keep kids off the street.

Now, with the district facing a second year of deficits hovering around $700 million, major funding cuts have been made to initiatives designed to help the most troubled children, according to social service agencies that work with at-risk CPS students.


Advocates of anti-violence programs agree that this school year’s spike may not directly correlate with cuts to mentoring and summer programs. But some worry that the district’s program reductions and change in philosophy may make a bad problem worse during the typically violent summer months.


Among the 24 students killed this past school year was 12-year-old Niazi “Ryan” Banks, a seventh-grade student who was caught in a volley of bullets exploding through his South Chicago neighborhood as he walked home on a warm May night.

Ryan’s aunt, Brigette Banks, sat on the family’s porch in the 8000 block of South Brandon Avenue recently, looking at the memorial of stuffed animals left at the bottom of the stairs where he fell. Police said the Sullivan Elementary student was killed at 10 p.m. May 19. They are still investigating the shooting and say Ryan was not the intended victim.

As she tries to come to grips with his death, Banks wonders whether her nephew would be alive today if her brother had not let him out after curfew. She wonders whether a neighborhood afraid to identify a perpetrator allows this sort of violence to continue. And she wonders about police enforcement in a community where gangs run rampant.


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    What this means is that you can burn down your school but only get a five day suspension from it.

    As for this article, pray tell, why is it implied that the CPS has some sort of fiduciary responsibility for what its students do after hours and away from school? I guess Chicago has no parents or cops, and from what I’ve seen, I’m more right than I know.

  • IKantunderstand

    Well,  Ms. Banks,  allow me to address your wonderings. (1). Yes, your nephew would still be alive (or at least, not killed when he was), if your brother didn’t suck as a parent and insisted on obeyance of curfews. (2). Yes, your neighbors’ recalcitrance vis a vis helping law enforcement in the identification of perpetrators does in fact encourage  more violence and lawlessness.(3). Duh. Please refer to points (1) and (2). 

  • brew730

    Wait, I thought Chicago banned handguns.  How did these people get them!??!

    • Up to my neck in CA

      The old cliche’ “When you out law guns, only outlaws will have guns.”

  • Strider73

    Well, at least the dead kids will get an opulent, high-bling funeral.

  • “…launched intensive “Culture of Calm” programs at 38 troubled high schools…”

    They started a new initiative, ‘Culture of Calm’. That should take care of the problem (until it doesn’t and they have to find another alliteration program to promote).

    Maybe they can try ‘Pupils for Peace’,  ‘Safety in School’, or ‘Graduation Not Guns’.

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    i look in my crystal ball and make a prediction…within the next 5 days a flashmob of blacks will loot a gas station quick stop or clothing store… blacks must be on break… there has been no looting a  week…  who told them they could go on  break ?

    • Actually its just the news reporters that went on break.

  • ncpride

    Seriously, who cares? After reading about yet another elderly White woman being raped, robbed and beaten by 3 black rabid savages, let them kill each other off so there will be fewer of them to deal with when they finally push Whitey over the edge, and all hell breaks lose.

  • JackKrak

    I can guarantee you – absolutely, unequivocally guarantee you – that there isn’t another local school system anywhere in the world outside of America that had 319 of its students shot in one year.

    I won’t go as far as to say that makes the US a third world country, but it does show that it has pockets of depravity caused by legions of mental third-worlders.

    • Kurt Plummer


      I can guarantee you – absolutely, unequivocally guarantee you – that there isn’t another local school system anywhere in the world outside of America that had 319 of its students shot in one year.

      Oh but there is!  It’s called Beslan in North Ossetia in the Caucasus Mountains and it was attacked by Islamic Terrorists in September, 2004.

      Three hundred eight five dead, seven hundred eighty three wounded.

      Of course that was a terrorist act in the ongoing Chechen war, the attackers were adults and this is Chicago on a daily basis, with kids…

      Aren’t these youngsters just so precocious?  Half devil…


    • Up to my neck in CA


  • Concerned

    In cities like this, and others, things simply cannot improve. The population increases, educational and employment opportunities decrease, drug usage grows, and tax dollars shrink, cutting services.  There is no program that will change this. The “end” is going to be ugly and brutal.

  • Mulder

    Self-segregation is your only real course. We will never again have states willing to secede nor a majority willing to support separation of the races or ideologies. Find a place that reflects your own ideas and culture and plant yourself there for as long as it remains the same.

    The Republic is done. Personally I am done living among leftists. I have not hate for other races, but I do truly despise progressives who have destroyed this nation.

  •  “Culture of Calm” Yea the white students probably flee to the library as its to calm for blacks to enter