Tuesday, August 09, 2016

After 3 Nearby Shootings In A Week, Lakeview Pre-School Plans For The Worst

Pre-schoolers cross Belmont at Sheffield today, steps from the site of Friday's double-shooting (Wes Ingram)
In the wake of three shootings near its front door last week, a Lakeview pre-school and day care center says it will have lockdown drills and will teach children “a get low song [or] saying” to help them remember what to do if there’s “ever an extreme situation with gun violence.”

Police and EMS on-scene after Friday's shooting (CWB Reader)
L & L Academy and Preschool, 1056 W. Belmont, informed parents of the plans in an email Monday afternoon.

“We have never had an extreme emergency at any of the schools but are aware that crime has recently been rising in the neighborhood,” a school executive wrote. “We hope this will NEVER happen, but we want to be as prepared as possible for any situation.”

A 27-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting behind the 1200 block of W. Belmont last Monday evening and two people were injured in a drive-by gang shooting near the 1000 block of W. Belmont early Friday. No one is in custody for either case. Neither incident occurred during the school's operating hours.

One L & L parent understood the need for the school’s actions. But, “when I get emails like this…the gun violence in our ward is obviously a massive problem.”

Among the discussions being had with the school’s children and teachers are “lock down procedures and outdoor emergency procedures” that will be practiced while on walks and in local parks.

“If on a walk and nothing is nearby, we will also have a get low song/saying for the kids to practice and find something to get behind if possible,” the email said.

”We are having staff meetings this week where we will be going over various scenarios.”

In a Facebook post today, local alderman Tom Tunney wrote that police executives “have been in contact and are finalizing a plan to directly focus resources in area.”

As of this evening—-a full week after the first of three person shot near the school was hit—those plans have not been formalized.

At least one other local pre-school practices so-called “stranger drills,” according to a CWB Chicago follower.

The school leader made it clear that the staff is “not mentioning guns to kids...just explaining that this is what we might have to do in case of an emergency to stay safe."
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66 comments:

  1. Tom - stick to the cinnamon roll business. You are useless as an alderperson. "These are isolated incidents" the words that keep coming out of your mouth are old hat. People shot 3 doors from your office? Any concern for that? 3 and 4 year olds crossing the street at Belmont & Sheffield - any concern for that? People robbed, people car jacked, gang bangers at the lake front at 2-3 in the morning shooting each other. We are at least 100 Police Officers down from the merge with the old district at Belmont & Western. When are you going to stop raising your hand at everything that Mayor wants in taxes and say " we need more Police in our district? Any one think that this will happen ? ? ?

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    1. Just like you're paying for the pensions on a citywide level, you're paying for these gay men's retirement to Palm Springs. I'm gay and could see through this shit my first month in Boystown.

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    2. "When are you going to stop raising your hand at everything that Mayor wants..."

      Sadly, this has been going on for YEARS. Chicago alderwaste has been nothing more than a very expensive rubber stamp for the dictator....I mean mayor. This is how it was under thug Daley, and this is the way it is now.

      Chicago needs less than half of the alderwaste that we currently have. They don't give a shit about their constituents. They only care about their rich donors and getting re-elected.

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    3. If you said that to Tom at a (useless) CAPS (CRAPS) meeting he would stand up, screech "Shut up! Shut up!" and tell you that you're just one person. Tommy Tunney can simply eat my lunch, he is so useless. YET, the queens and other residents of Boystown will re-elect him and continue to worship him for one reason only. *He will be defeated next time around, mark my words. Ditto His Holiness O The Great One King Rahm.*

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  2. Tunney is planning nothing but smoke and mirrors he has invisible police sitting there all the time (NOT). in like 2011 he gave our local police to the Belmont police 2452 W Belmont Ave so it takes 1/2 hour or hours for police to come to our neighborhood and we have very little on no police in Lakeview. We need so many police and they need to make gang bangers/ violent career criminals feel real uncomfortable in this neighborhood rather than police just drive by them

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  3. They should ban guns in the city. Or maybe create laws that make it illegal for felons to have guns.

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    1. Can't tell if you are joking or not so I'll worst case it and assume you're not. Plenty of laws, including felons not having guns, are on the books already but DA and judges don't feel violent people should be punished.

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    2. Maybe they should ban pre-schools and/or sidewalks.

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    3. For real? Handguns were completely banned in city up until about 5 years ago. Crime was shitty then as it is now. Never has been legal for felon to own a gun, but maybe you are just trolling

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    4. Because criminals really pay a lot of attention to what is and isn't "banned"....

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    5. Are you kidding or just aloof and out of touch? Handguns banned here for decades, during which homicides were as high 900+ DURING the ban. Illegal for felons to have firearms? On paper yes, BUT, liberal/progressive assclown judges turn em loose on the public. Wake up camper.

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    6. I see what you did there. Hehe.

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    7. Please tell us all you don't vote!!!!
      People with the mentality like this is why were in the situation we're in now.
      Not a clue,!

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  4. How in hell does the Mayor sleep at night?
    Oh that's right him and his family have five police cars watching over him and his family.
    Silly me!

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    1. 5 cars taken from the 19 so 5 cars fewer patrolling our hood.

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    2. Wait, there are 5 cars now?! I thought he only had 3.

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    3. Read SCCs blog. 016 had 3 two man cars and two SGTs and those were detailed to a parade.

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  5. No words ... nausea.

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  6. The prog parents who sacrifice their children for a means to ban guns are the real criminals.

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    1. Right. Because there's only one solution to any problem. And you're the swami of all truth.
      Try seeing those parents as neighbors and people who want to protect their kids.

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    2. Agreed.

      The pathology is evident in the quote, "Gun violence".

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  7. Not sure why the parent calls out gun violence. These animals would use knives, baseball bats, golf clubs ... you name it. Real problem is judges who give them dozens of second chances. Call me crazy but I feel if you put violent offenders in jail for a long time violent crime would go down.

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  8. We don't do such drills at our schools here in Lake Forest. Just sayin...

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    1. If everyone that lives in Chicago moved to your guilded world you'd feel different. By the way, do you have any Greg Poupon?

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    2. Exactly why we just moved to LF from Lakeview.

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    3. Well played anonymous, well played indeed. Enjoy being Fedup in Chicago. I can't wait to leave this city. Hope to be neighbors with anonymous some day. We'll be using the hell out of the "Greg Poupon."

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  9. even if they "BAN GUNS" in the city I'm not giving up mine (home personal protection for home invaders) the criminals will still have them. You would have to have a police presence that makes criminals so uncomfortable that they leave this neighborhood and then routinely maintain it. @0 years ago I told Tunney to not let criminals and teen brats take over the neighborhood and one criminal tells another and now it has developed into this. Tunney told me back then that he wants all gays bisexuals trans to have a safe place to hang out and this is what is now hanging out on our street corners

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  10. England has strict gun bans and crime is the same. Everyone is armed in Iceland, virtually zero crime. It's not the weapon, it's the mindset.

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    1. Got a reference for those claims?

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    2. Crime in England is nowhere near the same as even our safest big city in America. Nice try though. They average 171 murders per year with a population of 8.6 million people. New York City has 8.4 million and the lowest murder # is 328 in 2014. You're argument that strict gun control doesn't matter bc 'hey look at england,' simply doesn't work. America is the most violent developed nation in the world, by far.

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  11. I hate to say it but the minute I am pregnant I am moving to the burbs, this is insanity and I don't want my kids exposed to it. I feel so sorry for these children they are surely going to have nightmares and anxiety about these things.

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    1. Let us know the minute you get pregnant. We're looking for a Lakeview crib.

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    2. I don't think the kids will be adversely affected unless the adults in their lives stress the reasons why they need a "get low" song.

      When I was a kid, at school we practiced sitting in hallways with our knees up, heads down, hands covering our heads. It was just something we did. Turns out, of course, it was the silly action that was put in place in case of a nuclear attack. But, since we didn't know or understand what that meant, it was just a drill, like a fire drill. No harm done.

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  12. When little kids can't even be safe at daycare, there is a serious problem. Seems our "leaders" won't be satisfied until every Chicago neighborhood is as dangerous as Englewood. I can't for the life of me understand why the mayor & alderthugs allowed this to happen. By decimating the area's police force, they have allowed one of the last, safe neighborhoods to be taken over by criminals & gangs. When all the good people leave, who will pay all the taxes?

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    1. Spread the wealth, spread the crime...

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    2. Rahm is not concerned with improving Chicago. All he cares about is lining his pockets and he can do that even while the city goes down the toilet.

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  13. Tunney should see the writing on the wall now. If this sort of thing keeps up, children are in danger in the neighborhood, Tunney's political career will be over. You can survive a lot of things, but not mama bear protecting her cubs.

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    1. I'm sure Tunney is laughing at this statement as much as I am. The people in his district just voted him in overwhelmingly and crime was a severe problem at that point. He'll win as many elections as he wants since the voters in his district never wise up.

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    2. Good Riddance. Lakeview was a better place to live before the families moved in. Raise your kids in the burbs. And take your SUVs with youl.

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  14. You can get a damn nice full-brick well maintained single family home in Detroit for less than $100K. They got a Whole Foods now too.

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  15. Chicago has the strictest gun laws of any major city with the highest level of gun crime. Law abiding citizens aren't the ones blasting away. Wake up! The perception of culture in middle class and poor areas has to change for meaningful crime reduction.

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    1. Keep crucifying the Police. It seems to be working on the crime rate!

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    2. If your kids don't commit criminal acts and are respectful to LEO's, they'll be just fine...

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  16. All together, "crime is down, crime is down, everyone gets on the ground."

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  17. Kind of like a routine we black parents are teaching our kids for when they are approaches by police officers. What to do and not to do. How ironic, don't you think? And it wasn't black people shooting

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    1. Chris Rock schooled ya'll on what to do/not do when getting pulled over by the police decades ago but ya didn't listen.

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    2. No, not at all like the 'routine' you are teaching your black children. What you are teaching your children is to obey and respect the police - behavior that for everyone else is just plain common sense. Pathetic that you think there is something amusing about three year olds being taught to get on the floor to avoid gang banger bullets. Also, you need to look up the definition of 'irony' because you clearly don't understand the meaning of the word.

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    3. I am not certain what you are saying. Are you saying that it is ironic that the shooters were not black? That it is ironic that these children have to do shooter drills because you say black people have to worry around cops? The first sounds rather racist, and the second one sounds deranged.

      Tell us, what DO you tell your children to do when they talk to a police officer? If I had children, my wife and I would tell them not to run, don't grab the officer's gun, don't drive a stolen car at them, don't get into a fight with the officer, don't spit on the officer, etc. And most of all, I would tell them to not commit any crimes. Don't sell drugs on the street, don't steal cars, don't commit armed robberies, etc.

      The problem isn't the police. The problem is the criminals.

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    4. Like not running from the police or assaulting them? All you should have to teach your kids is simple...obey the law.

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    5. Yes, this is such a difficult question to answer: how to not get police to use physical force? Hmmm. Takes a lot of difficult parenting and personal accountability. This is akin to driving without your hands on your steering wheel and then questioning why one gets in an accident when doing so. This country is just full of morons, it's painful to listen to at this point.

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  18. Chicago is filled with some of the worst people. So was this gay men in Boystown walking around with guns? Nope. Criminals do not adhere to gun bans. Chicago already proved that. It's miserable that this school has to do this.

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    1. Everybody is a wannabe star which is 90% of the problem.

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  19. BAN CRIMINALS HANGING AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. You all realize venting here means nothing, right? Until you get out there and start protesting Ann Sathers, the police station and tunneys office, nothing's gonna change. NADA.

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    2. Quit inviting your dealers into your neighborhood to deliver your drugs, go to theirs.

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  20. the shit heads must be stopped...it's time to take the streets back!

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    1. Gone baby gone. There is no off switch. Let them have it.

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    2. I agree !!!@

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  21. I don't what anyone thinks Rahm and Tunney wil suddenly wake up and give a shit. How much more convincing does anyone need that these two scumbags are certifiable narcissists ? The only way to get rid of them is at a PRIMARY election.

    Forget about the general election. Since the GOP has become a party of stupid, fundamentalist gun nuts, and for the aristocracy with a constituency narrowing down to uneducated, rural, white racists, they have zero chance of winning in Chicago or any other large city in the north.

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  22. And yet ... you all continue to go about your business, heads in the clouds! "Another robbery in the neighborhood? What is this place coming to?! Hey! Let's go out for sushi." You have to boycott the businesses! When the money stops flowing, City Hall will finally take notice!

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  23. MORE Lakeview robberies??

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  24. Maybe the "get low song" will just be a repeat of "Stop, Drop & Roll" for fires (but sung to the tune of Jay-Z's "Money, Cash, Hoes").

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  25. "You can survive a lot of things, but not mama bear protecting her cubs."

    What's doing Chicago in is mama bear breeding her cubs.

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  26. Don't all schools do lock-down training these days? Sad to say but school shootings aren't new and certainly aren't a Chicago issue.

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