Hmmm. . . . I don't think I get it. Students and parents want to stop the violence at their school--well, that makes sense. The problem is that the black students and the latino students don't seem to be getting along (well, that's the parents' version--a police officer lets slip that we're really talking about a black gang and a latino gang, the Gangster Disciples and the Latin Kings.) So it's not the students--not all the students--but a sizable number of gang members causing the biggest problem. Why are they in the school? Good question.
Remember poor Ruben Ivy? The young teenager who was shot and killed near a Chicago school a few weeks ago? Well, he really was 15 and it really was tragic when he was shot, but what the evening news didn't tell you was that his tragedy started years before when he first began building his long felony arrest record. His rap sheet was as long as his murderer's was.
So what's the solution to a school full of violent gang-bangers who hate each other a lot? Put them together in a large mob and get them chanting and feeling a little wild. Peace and tranquility should follow.
The resemblance is striking
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