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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 10/14/2009

Getting Kids To and From School Safely--Part 2

By Valerie Strauss

It is especially obscene that some kids who want to go to school face real danger getting there--and back home--because adults can’t ensure them a safe route.

Washington Post columnist Colby King has written two powerful pieces about youth gangs preying on students trying to get to school in Washington D.C. I have provided links to both of them.

The subject was in the news last month when a Chicago honor student was beaten to death outside a community center where kids go to do homework. Unfortunately, the spotlight fades on such stories--until the next tragedy occurs.

Tell us if children in your community face danger simply trying to get to and from school and what, if anything, local authorities have done about it.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 14, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Bullying, D.C. Schools  | Tags:  gangs preying on students, school violence  
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No problems to report in my corner of Montgomery County near downtown Silver Spring.

Posted by: KS100H | October 14, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The only problems my boys ever had were with their so-called friends and/or neighbors. They were concentrated in the middle school years.

I had one child who was always the one who "started it" and another child would was always on the receiving end of "it."

MCPS considers this kind of problem to be within their scope. If they had a report of a post-bus incident or something that happened on the walk home from school then I heard about it, although often I'd already heard about it from the parents of the other kids.

If the offenders are kids you know then you have to call their parents/call the school.

I'm not sure what I'd do about roving bands of youths who weren't attached to a local school. Probably call the police.

MoCo detectives/officers keep private notes on kids they encounter and know who the problem kids are. So calling them has a chance of stopping the harassment.

Posted by: RedBird27 | October 15, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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