Monday, May 15, 2017

Students Escape Baseball Bat Attack Near Lake View High


Editors’ Note: This story was updated at 8 p.m. on May 15, 2017, with information provided by CPS.

A baseball attack by suspected gang members left several students shaken, but largely uninjured Monday morning near Lake View High School, 4015 North Ashland.

School security called police after a carload of suspected gangbangers clambered out of a car and charged toward the students near Ashland and Belle Plaine around 8:25 a.m.

One of the attackers swung a baseball bat that grazed a boy’s head, security reported. The student, who was not seriously injured, received treatment in the school’s medical office.

“Four of our students were confronted by occupants of an unidentified vehicle in an intimidating manner,” LVHS Principal Paul Karafiol said in a letter to parents. “One student was physically assaulted during the incident and sustained minor injuries.”

A source stated that the offenders were four or five Hispanic males who got out of a gray Toyota Camry with tinted windows. The car had been seen circling campus around the time of the incident, the source said.

The student who was grazed declined to sign a complaint, and no police report was immediately filed.

Extra police resources were on-hand for this afternoon’s dismissal, according to a staff member who spoke with CWB Chicago. An increased police presence is also expected on Tuesday.

Karafiol asked parents to speak with their children “and remind them to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious behavior to a trusted adult.”

The full text of Karfiol's letter to parents follows.

Dear Lake View Parents,
Your child's safety is our top priority.  I'm emailing to inform you of an incident that happened in the area near the school.  On their way to school, four of our students were confronted by occupants of an unidentified vehicle in an intimidating manner.  One student was physically assaulted during the incident and sustained minor injuries.
We have fully engaged with the Chicago Police Department and the CPS Office of Safety & Security, and an investigation is underway.  We will also have additional security supports at our school, particularly during arrival and dismissal.
I would like to reassure you that we are taking every possible measure to ensure the safety and security of our students.  Please speak with your child and remind them to be vigilant at all times and to report any suspicious behavior to a trusted adult.
We appreciate your support.  Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you.
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16 comments:

  1. I laugh when I see articles about how people are saying Lake View High School has been cleaned up of all the gangbangers and crime. So, not true. That's what happens when you have former gangbanger working as untrained security guards. Check out the arrests so far this school year in recent month on thee links:



    http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/apr03-criminal-sexual-abuse-criminal-sexual-abuse-8027823/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/nov12-offense-involving-children-child-pornography-7827896/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/oct20-offense-involving-children-child-pornography-7789197/

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/sep20-offense-involving-children-endangering-life-health-child-7737698/



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    1. Please name the security guards who were formally gangbangers. I've got a kid at Lakeview and I'd like to talk to the principal about him/CPS hiring gangbangers. Thanks

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    2. All the Hispanic, both male and female, security guards have ties to gangs around Humboldt Park, Kelvyn Park, Lakeview, and NW Indiana. All were hired by previous principals (Feaman, Werner, and Grens). None of them are bonded or have PERC cards an/or training. The only training the security guards at Lake View have is a 3-day mini-workshop given by CPS and most of them don't have prior security work experience before being hired by CPS.

      What is a PERC card?

      https://www.securityguardtrainingcentral.com/perc-card/


      CPS security training session, 3-day:

      http://www.cps.edu/sitecollectiondocuments/OSSSafetyTrainingNotice.pdf

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    3. Not only are they former gangbangers, but, they're communicating with current and former Lake View students on Twitter, Snap Chat, Instagram, Facebook (friending on), and they have student's cell numbers plugged in on their own cellphones. The security guards are always on their cellphones and posting/liking on Facebook when they should be doing their job. No oversight at all.

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    4. Can you name the former gangbanging security guards? I have 2 kids there and I'm troubled by this, if true.

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    5. Google CPS Position Files and you can search all of their names on the spreadssheet.

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    6. Here's another arrest at LV on May 10th:

      Assault
      Simple assault: Simple assault / School, public building
      4000 block N. Ashland Ave. May 10, 2017 @ 10:25 a.m.


      http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/may10-simple-assault-simple-assault-8087609/

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    7. Yet another arrest at LV on May 16th:

      Simple battery: Simple / School, public building
      4000 block N. Ashland Ave. May 16, 2017 @ 11 a.m.

      http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/may16-simple-battery-simple-8097748/

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  2. I've lived across the street for 15 years and not once have I ever seen a Lake View security guard outside the building before school starts, only after school.

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  3. Sounds just like a night after Showtunes on Halsted.

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  4. The incident occurred "near" LVHS. It makes no mention of bangers being affiliated with LVHS.
    The security guard did as expected. He called the police. That's his/her job. Not intervening with a baseball bat wielding offender.

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  5. I used to be in their Math dept. for years and I couldn't believe the lax security there. My last year, they had no security guards in school when I used to get there at 7:50 with school starting at 8:30 and two would come and check bags at 8 by the metal detector when students were allowed in, one would work the main entrance buzzing people in, and one would work the east entrance. That's it and don't let nobody tell you different at this dysfunctional school. Too much of a challenge to work there and why I left for the business world making less money.

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  6. "We have fully engaged with the Chicago Police Department and the CPS Office of Safety & Security, and an investigation is underway." Yes a complaint wasn't signed.

    And why weren't these kids in school? This happened at 8:25 but class starts at 7:45.

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    1. There's no repercussion for being tardy to school there. The deans allow students amnesty 2-3 time year for those students who rack up tons of detentions and many tardies go unserved. The restorative justice approach used at Lake View allows students to pretty much do as they please and walk around without IDs and on their phones everywhere, including during class, without any discipline.

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  7. I have friends with kids at LVHS. They bought the hype that the school is improving. They've gotten quite a rude awakening. Rest assured, the students' safety and security are NOT the admin's top priority. What IS the admin' top priority is keeping things that happen there as quiet as possible and blaming the victims rather than the perpetrators.

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  8. If you think the security guard is just there to "call the police", then that is a pretty sad expectation (or job description), and makes them a useless lump of taxpayer sucking flesh, which neither espouses security or guarding of the children. If that was really all they were hired to do, then that position could easily be replaced with some HD cameras and motion sensors for all the good it does. Think about response times and how fast things unfold in such a scenario... "intervening" is what the staff and support have to be ready for...albeit with a faster responding and more combined front. For those believing the hype, wake t.f. up, LVHS has been for a long time, and is STILL gangbanger territory. Just drive by in the mornings when they are cleaning up the graffiti or some of the alleys off Greenview. Or take a stroll through the CWB archives regarding the area.

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