Urban Prep Students Being Harassed On Way To And From School

CHICAGO (CBS) — They say they’re being bullied beaten up, and that’s before they even get to school.

The new year is off to a frightening start for some Chicago students, CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

Yolanda Pettis says her son and other students attending Urban Prep Academy on the Near South Side have been harassed on a daily basis, by what appear to be neighborhood teens.

“He ran to the school,” she says. “Some gentleman was on a bike, and he was trying to approach my son, and just luckily, the gentleman lost his balance on the bike so my son was able to get into the school.”

Another parent, Heather Johnson, says: “The second day of school, my son came home and told me that three of the young men were robbed going to the bus stop and I asked, ‘Where were you?’ and he said, ‘We were right behind them.’”

Parents say students have been victims of robbery, intimidation and even physical violence on their way to and from school. Urban Prep is known for its track record of each senior getting into a four-year college.

The new campus is surrounded by public housing.

Parents say more police patrols before and after school are needed to keep their kids safe.

Chicago police say they are increasing patrols and working on a plan with the school to address the issue. School officials say they are working with the police and CPS to identify safe-passage routes. The CHA is working with police and CPS. 

CHA surveillance cameras have played a critical role in finding suspects.

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  • Leroy Goldberg

    Just prison??


    • Tyreese

      What up, My Nigga??

  • Lyndia

    In case you don’t know, Urban Prep is an all boys school with a 100% graduation rate. They go to top tier universities and they usually excel in college.
    THEY ARE ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS. Do they deserve to be bullied or beaten up while going to school? NO THEY DON’T. However, to infer they ALL need to be in prison, what ALL are you t alking about?

    • Leroy Goldberg

      It’s apparant to all that you never made it to a university or college.

    • Tyreese

      @Lyndia, since you are too full of hate to get it, ALL refers to any gang banger. As for the respectable young men who attend the school, I doubt any of them have been to Africa as you stated.

  • Natasha Thomas

    These worthless gang banging punks are harassing these young men is because of jealousy and hatred! The young men going to that school want an education and have futures ahead of them and these gangs want to destroy that because their lives suck and worthless. Sorry gangs, not everybody wants to be hoodrats and drug dealers!

  • Just Axin

    Relax that hair of yours, Lyndia, Ty might have been saying only the thugs should be put in prison. As for the students, how nice would it be if they did go to college and contribute in a positive way.

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