CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2022The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today following the shooting death of a Chicago Public Schools student near Kenwood Academy High School in Hyde Park. Please attribute to CTU President Stacy Davis Gates:

“Mothers don’t send our children to school to be murdered. Mayor Lightfoot and every single decision maker in this city owe us more. We demand more. Our children deserve more — more social emotional supports, more love and more accountability from adults.

“The mayor spent the last two years declaring our school communities safe, yet here we are again, about to bury another child, and offer condolences to another family and another school community. This is at least the fourth shooting near one of our schools since classes began, and it’s only the third week of the year. And this strategy of offering condolences and no transparent support is failing — and killing — our children.

“It hurts, and our entire city deserves better.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents more than 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at