CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy addressed adult Safe Passage trainees on Wednesday at Chicago State University.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports that they delivered a message that sounded more like an old-fashioned political rally than a class visit.
The mayor told the hundreds in yellow Safe Passage vests to turn and face TV cameras to let Chicagoans know who will be protecting their school children.
“And I want the people up there in the rafters, if you want to throw something at the cameras go ahead, have at it. You let’em know the City of Chicago is on watch for the children of Chicago,” said Emanuel.
Emanuel says keeping kids in school by taking away the worries about their walk to and from home will have a lasting benefit for the city as a whole.
“Lets be honest and I want to be clear about one thing: You’re the route where the children get to think of their studies and not their safety and at their school, that is the route to a college and a career and a future of the City of Chicago,” said Emanuel.
McCarthy says police have made progress in their attempts to quell violence but have not yet achieved success.