Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and C.P.S. C.E.O. Barbara Byrd-Bennett took part in a “Safe Passage Walk.”
They walked from Ross Elementary at 60th and Wabash to Dulles Elementary at 63rd and Calumet.
Ross is scheduled to close, and its students will transfer to Dulles.
Along the walk, McCarthy and Byrd-Bennett noted empty lots, potholes, and abandoned buildings.
“Walking the walk that children will walk gives us incredible information and incredible opportunity for the partnership of the sister agencies,” said Byrd-Bennett.
The Chicago Teachers Union is outraged about the school closures, and called the “Safe Passage Walk” a publicity stunt and an insult. It pointed out C.P.S. students won’t enjoy the luxury of having the police superintendent accompany them through gang territories on their walks to school.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.