Though it isn’t foreign to see crime in Chicago, the amount that’s been seen lately has been more than shocking. Not only in Chicago but nationwide too.
The recent shooting of Seandell Holiday in Millinneum Park has left many speechless when it comes to gun violence. Regardless of how much violence you see, there are still some things that come as a shock and a punch to the gut. Hearing of a 16-year-old being shot and killed in a public place is one of those things.
On a large scale, there has been crime throughout the entire country, especially since temperatures have warmed with spring and summer coming in. In Buffalo, NY, there was a racially motivated mass shooting that left 10 dead and three injured. These two events happened within days of each other making people worried about what the summer will bring for the city and the country with regard to gun violence.
Following the fatal shooting at The Bean in Millennium Park, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has reinstated a citywide curfew for minors age 12 and up. After 10 pm on weekdays, public spaces won’t be accessible to minors.
Though implementing a curfew is a positive step toward reducing crime and keeping youth safe, this doesn’t completely solve the issue. Incidents like Seandell Holliday’s murder during the daytime when there are large groups of people present in public space are frightening and disheatening. More needs to be done to address the issue than simply reinstating a curfew.
Hopefully, the summer doesn’t bring more of this senseless violence, and hopefully, Lightfoot’s reinstatement of the curfew for minors is an effective way to keep the youth safe this summer.
When going out, whether alone or with friends, always be sure to be aware of your surroundings. Give someone your location or let them know where you’ll be in case something happens. This is the summer of staying safe and alive.
By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Columbia College Chicago
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