Police responded late yesterday afternoon to two reports of a man with a gun near Church Street and Brown Avenue, just north of Evanston Township High School. These and other stories in today’s daily crime report from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Lack of safety near ETHS — any questions?
    Does anyone wonder why many parents are nervous sending their children to ETHS given the violence and threats of violence in the neighborhood?

    It is truly frustrating and disheartening that a city such as Evanston cannot greatly improve the safety of the area around its only high school safe. The area is, without question, one of the most dangerous areas of the city. I understand that the two sightings of the man with a gun came a few hours after dismissal but students are leaving that building at those times due to various after school activities.

    This is why many families arrange for their children to be picked up by car at the back of the high school, rather than wait for the bus on Dodge. We car pool rather than have my student stand around on Dodge after school or walk a mile home.

    When are D202 and the City going to work together in a spirit of cooperation to actually address this issue? From what I understand, the area around the high school has not changed for the better in decades. The safe school zone extension was an embarrassing fiasco for all involved as it was clear that D202 and the City did not work together on any level for a smooth process to make that extension a reality.

    What can we as citizens and parents do? If moving out of Evanston is the only option, maybe it’s time that more families did it and told D202 and the City exactly and in writing publicly why we are moving.

    But does anyone think that they would care? Other families have probably already told both D202 and the City and I see no concrete improvement in the safety of the area.

    Sad. Truly sad and it does not have to be this way.

    1. I so agree!  I’m just sick

      I so agree!  I'm just sick about sending my new freshman there.  I keep asking other parents how they feel and surprisingly, they do not seem to share my same fear.  I just don't get it.  I kind of feel like they are just trying to pretend like it's not that bad in order to cope.  I am physically sick about it!  It's disgusting!!

      1. Been there

        There is a reason why virtually all security and many admins patrol the front of the school at the end of the day…it's a madhouse. Two of my three children made it through ETHS with no harm. All three left through the back entrance. Most of their careers they either got a ride or drove themselves…mostly because of afterschool activities… we live about a mile from the school…Don't worry, your child will be fine ;)!!

      2. Why not… rest assured that

        Why not… rest assured that no one has to pretend about safety or the lack thereof. Any thing that happens at that school becomes instant news and everyone gets to see it. My three children went through the system both district 65 and the high school and never encountered a problem. All three were very active in after school matters and all i did was pick them up afterwards. That takes the worry out of a lot of evenings. This is not to say that stuff does not happen around the school, but if you had been paying attention before this, you would have seen that much of the nonsense takes place at nights and on the weekend away from the school proper. Instruct your kids to be vigilant, and you do your part by picking them up as often as possibel.

        1. I’ve been paying attention

          I've been paying attention for 8 years.  These replys again, make me feel better as I do when speaking with other parents.  However, isn't aweful…  "Keep your kids in the back of the school and pick them up ASAP!"  God forbid the ridiculousness finds it's way to "the back".  Could be worse I guess, but still makes me sick.

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