|The mayor and Byrd-Bennett are hoping that warring gangs and assorted shooters will read and obey the new signs posted along school routes by the Dept. of Transportation. I hope so too, but I'm somehow not reassured. (DNAInfo)|
Parents in those neighborhoods are scared half to death, hoping upon hope that some judge somewhere, independent of the City Hall political machine, will issue an injunction in response to the two pending civil rights suits and keep schools open, at least until there is a reasonable transition plan in place.
Rahm is trying to reassure families by hiring hiring 245 residents to serve as guides along the walks to school, as well and by removing abandoned cars and graffiti and inspectingof abandoned buildings (like closed schools?) along those routes. He's also putting up dozens of Safe Passage signs with a picture of an adult and a kid walking to school together. Yes, that ought to do it.
A compliant City Council is playing along with Rahm's charade by approving stiffer fines for possessing weapons along those routes.
Everyone by now should know that safe-passage plan is not sustainable and pure political theater.
DNA Info reports:
The first offense for having assault weapons or high-capacity magazines in those zones would mean a jail term of 120 days to six months and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000. A third offense dictates a mandatory six-month jail sentence and fines up to $20,000.Yes, beware shooters. Anyone who fails to read the Safe Passage sign and fires their high-capacity assault weapon at kids on the way to school could do 120 days at County and pay a small fine? Of course the fine will grow some after they do it a second and third time.
Feel better, parents? Me neither.