Have you heard the latest news in Chicago Public Schools? Of course you haven’t. It’s kind of hard to keep up with all the crazy they have going on all the time. Well, if you aren’t aware, there have been lots of reports of sexual assault of students within CPS caused by employees working in these schools. Because of all these assaults, background checks of CPS employees were redone. These background checks revealed that some of those employees that abused students had a criminal record. Crazy, right? Wouldn’t you think they’d take more serious precautions to make sure all of us CPS students were actually in good hands.
Quite a few of these employees didn’t have the cleanest criminal records and this resulted in 266 CPS employees being banned from schools, at least 60 of them being teachers. When asked by the Chicago Tribune to discuss the findings, Janice Jackson, CEO of CPS, refused to release any information. Seems sketchy, doesn’t it?
Jackson says that the removal of these workers “does not necessarily mean employees have done anything wrong.” Well, if they didn’t do anything wrong why are they being removed? We know CPS has a history of being unfair to employees, so this honestly doesn’t surprise me that much.
The thing that bothers me so much about this is the fact that CPS waited until after sexual assault incidents were reported to do anything to make sure their students were safe. These precautions should’ve been taken in the beginning to make sure it never got to this point. But why am I really surprised? CPS consists of mostly minority children and we get mistreated anyway. Let’s just hope this series of steps Jackson is demanding makes a difference and makes the schools more safe.
By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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