Evanston police say three people were shot early this morning in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers on deployment in the area heard multiple gunshots just before 1 a.m. and located two victims at a home on the west side of the street.

A 19-year-old Evanston man was shot in the left bicep and a 17-year-old Skokie youth was shot in his right thigh. Both were taken to Evanston Hospital.

Later, a third victim of the shooting, a 17-year-old Evanston youth, walked into Evanston Hospital. He had a wound from a bullet fragment that hit his left hamstring area.

Dugan says none of the injuries are considered life threatening.

He says the gunshots came from between houses on east side of street and victims were standing in front of house on west side of street.

Detectives are investigating the shooting. No description of the gunman is available.

Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 or by using Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. It’s a gang thang
    Looks like the mayor and the city council’s gun buyback program has paid dividends. Maybe folks sold their outdated guns to the city and used the money to buy newer more effective models? Who knows.

    One thing’s for sure, it’s a gang problem not a gun problem.

    1. In years past, gangs would
      In years past, gangs would use fists, switchblades, chains and the like. Now, they use guns.

      Yes, it’s a gang problem, but gangs and guns are a highly combustible combination.

      1. And I’ll believe that

        And I'll believe that Democratic leadership in Chicago and Evanston are serious about gun crime when: 1. They start prosecuting straw purchasers. 2. When possession of an illegal gun gets you more than 2 weeks in jail. 3. When felons are put away for good before their 15th felony arrest. Until then, nothing will change.

      2. Gun crime is at a 51 year low
        Gun crime is at a 51 year low in the US as of 2014. What are your solutions to take guns out of the hands of gang members?

    2. Why no outrage ?
      Many in Evanston and Chicago have expressed their outrage over the shooting in Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino and other places.
      In these the shooters were known to have problems and some were investigated.
      In Evanston we know those who have been involved with gangs and even violence. But we do nothing—and the courts only slap them on the risk and parents/relatives give us all the standard “he was turning his life around”, and “wonderful kid” and we turn them loose again.
      But where are the protests in Evanston ?
      Chicago does have protests and marches [though it is not clear how much they accomplish] but mostly small events held by churches and mainly by one race or ethnic group. It seems the only real way to fix things in Chicago and Evanston is to support far more enforcement, remove criminals from their houses [I have no idea where they could live or who would want them but that is their decision and problem] and get rid of judges who turn them loose with less than very stiff sentences.
      Evanston has been known to have problems for years but what sticks in people’s minds now is the visible crime—whether the statistics support an increase, is irrelevant. What the public [and potential residents] goes by is the news.
      Meanwhile the Council is busy with doling out money, gifts to arts, financing theaters, sign inspections, blocking any housing that does not meet their artistic standard.

    3. No excuse for shooting but do activities contribute?

      Anyone should be able to stand outside, anywhere, anytime in Evanston and not get shot.  

      But let's be realistic in assessing the facts.  Why are these teenagers standing outside at 1 a.m. in an area where crime is more prevalent than in other parts of town?  I am not saying that they cannot stand outside.  My question is: why are they?

      Gang involvement? Drug involvement? Other criminal activity? Or just hanging out with no criminal activity involved? Knowing why teenagers are standing outside at 1 a.m. when they get shot will help us understand how to reduce the number of shootings.



      1. No excuse for shooting but do activities contribute?
        I have to disagree it is not the only area where crime is prevalent, there have been shootings in just about every section of Evanston, the only difference is what gets published in the media and what doesn’t . Sure they want you to believe crime is more prevalent in this area if so where is the outrage that this is occurring where children have to walk daily to attend School? Why aren’t the more affluent residents voicing concern? Is if it doesn’t affect them it doesn’t matter? This same violence occurs along the Howard st. corridor , Across Lake, Across Dempster, Across Main. People just have blinders with images of Beautiful Evanston painted on the inside.

          1. Thank you Bill

            Bill, thank you for the link showing where reported shots are fired. the 2015 heat map is especially telling. some times people use or make up information which sound like fact. providing the community with correct facts and easy to use correct information can help us better understand our challenges, and hopefully we can develop solutions


        1. Let’s quote it right then get some answers

          I wrote:  "Why are these teenagers standing outside at 1 a.m. in an area where crime is more prevalent than in other parts of town?"

          Never wrote or suggested that the area immediately north of ETHS is the only place that crime happens in Evanston.

          But what happens in that area north of ETHS is a shame and a disgrace.  It is repeatedly in the news for violence and the "heat" maps posted earlier establish that that area sees far too much violent crime. So again, why are teenage boys and young men choosing to stand outside in that area at 1 a.m.?  What activity or attraction is there at that hour?

          When I travel through other areas of the city into the late evening and early morning, I see few people standing around residential areas.  So why are these teenagers doing that just north of the high school?  Perhaps someone could enlighten us so we can focus on how to reduce shootings in that area.

          What about curfew for the younger teens?  Doesn't that ordinance apply in that area?


  2. One direction
    If places like Baltimore, Chicago, etc this year is any indication, this is going to get worse.

    Police simply have their hands tied trying to control these issues. Broken windows policing, stop and frisk, mandatory minimums for any gun crime, etc. are all deemed “racist” in 2016.

    1. Targeting based on skin color

      I think what was deemed racist is targeting based on skin color – if the police know who the players are they should be focused on monitoring them. We keep hearing at every community meeting that most of the voilence in Evanston is a fued between two families. Police seem to know who those families are – need more targeted policing.

      1. This isn’t just “two families”

        This isnt just "two families." If young black males are overwhelmingly committing a disproportionate amount of the crime, why wouldn't the police focus on that group? If elderly Asian women were doing 90% of the shooting, why wouldn't you want the police to target elderly Asian women?

        1. Are you serious?
          I probably read it wrong, so I have to ask: are you suggesting the Evanston police should monitor black residents more than other groups due to the fact that maybe more crime is committed by a black people? While they are at it, they should also monitor single white young males, who are statistically more inclined to commit mass shootings in the US. Racial profiling is not the answer, but you may think otherwise, like a certain front runner in the presidential election.

          1. If Evanston was having

            Hi Raul. If Evanston was having an issue with mass shootings, you might have a point. However, it is simply a fact that young black males (3% of US population) commit almost 45% of the murder in the US. In Evanston, virtually all the shootings are taking place is a specific geographic area by young black males. These are just facts. I can assure you the police are focusing on these areas. But if you think the same amount of attention should be paid to the elderly retirement homes to combat shootings, be my guest.

          2. Hi Noah, From your source:

            Hi Noah, From your source: African Americans make up 46.8% of total crime. African Americans are roughly 12% of the US population. However, an overwhelming majority of crime committed by African Americans (particuarly violent crime) are black males aged 15-29. That segment makes up approximately 1.2% (.12 black X .5 male X .21 age) of the US population per the US census. Thanks

          3. Your stats are a bit
            Your stats are a bit misleading also bro, most of law enforcement focus are in black areas. Poor people across color lines are arrested more then there income having counterparts. The plea bargain system in the American legal system gives you what you think is a deal when you.plea out poor people plea n take the convictions. Not having money for legal representation adds to that the way you presented those stats one would believe that you believe that black are just more prone to criminal behavior now you couldn’t think that now could yo

          4. Yes Lonnie law enforecement

            Yes Lonnie law enforecement focus is in black areas becasue thats where the crime is being committed. See the Evanston crime maps to confirm this.

            And yes, its certainly possible that some of those statistics are skewed by the factors you mention. But again, 1.5% of the population committing 45% of the crime is not explained by having a poor lawyer.  You are making excuses for the crime instead of addressing it.  This is exactly why it will not improve. 

          5. Gun violence

            I try with all I am to be understanding of people and issues that affect us all.

            But sometimes one must go to the mat for truths, poor and disadvantaged people of all colors commit crimes of of poverty in there need to survive not just black people. But the entire law enforcement entitys in the united states is aimed at black people this is a truth, before black people ever became involved in such high levels of crime this country and its founding fathers and mothers painted the face of crime black!! There are not enough of us to do 45 percent of all crime, this is as a fact! But if my law enforcement focus is on brown and Church St and Simpson when I do catch a criminal he or she is black! Let's take drug use 70 percent of all drugs in this country are used by white people! But close to 80 percent of all drug arrest are black or brown!! So in your go to where the crime is analogy's how do you explain that??? Some stuff is just fluff and not based in truths , the reason is simple! The system looks to those who look like me as inherently criminal because they are conditioned too! I'm not saying these young black men are choir boys, I'm saying i understand thier plight I use to be them!  And they don't have my coping skills, they have been systemicly dumbed down! And thier hunted like animals to fill a system with fodder, thier black lives is that fodder and has been for generations! So when I say things like mutigenerational trauma and the death of the black family unit these same systems, law enforcement, school districts, municipal spending on and on have been coconspirater in the real crime! The crime of racism and that crime is the crime the birthed crime! But as with all things we want the quick fix let's forget the real crime generational racism and aim all our resources at those we have always aimed it at!!  Its the lie that lets liers sleep well at night!!

          6. Tell me what you think?

            James I posted this on Facebook tonight cause of my interaction with you and your thought process!!

            Tell me what you think?     My brother Bobby Burns told.me about a documentary called Poverty INC on Netflix . And it made clear a bunch of things about systems and people who want to help poor people. But the most dramatic and real thing.i saw in this film was a statement by Muhammad Yunus 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner. Who said if you go out a find the tallest Bonzi tree in the forest. Hundreds of meter high, and you get the seeds of this tall powerful tree. Then you plant it in a flower pot, it only grows a few meters. Poor people he said are Bonzi people because our society does not help plant them in real soil they are planted in the flower pots and can't grow. They don't grow because they are excluded from the normal network. The network that white wealthy  people take as normal. It's the romantic fantasy that people of means use to justify Poverty!! This model is the same model in affect in Evanston. Feel good moments instead of real substantive change. Because we need the Bonzi people to feel good. Another lady started a buiness in Haiti and employed 250 Father's she said because I employed that many Father's in affect I help 2000 kids she then said an for a child  home would have to have a budget of 400,000 dollars to do that. In Evanston we want anger management or outreach teams or prisons to solve our issue. Instead of creating pathways for non inclued people to become included. In other words we keep rebuilding the flower pot. CAUSE WE NEED THE BONZI people to feel good÷÷ hmmmm please watch the film I also ask my sister Nina Kavin to watch it. And help bring these models to our most liveable Evanston

          7. Invalid chart
            The chart you provided is for 2013. It does not reflect the percentage of young black males but, then again, I have no idea where the poster you responded to, got their numbers.

          8. If the violence that is

            If the violence that is decimating our neighborhoods were to even remotely affect a white neighborhood, job opportunities, counseling, economic opportunities would automatically appear and be in force before the news came on tv.  The society we live in has never taken a look at black on black crime as a universal black eye, that deserves the same attention that a white neighborhood would receive. Let a white kid get shot on Ridge, Central st., downtown, on Sherman, on Orrington and see how swift the powers that be put their heads together and make it all go away, quick fast and in a hurry

          9. Race and solutions

            Hi Joyce,

            Saturday's shooting happened in a census block group area in which the population is 75 percent white. Monday's shooting occurred in a census block group area in which the population is 36 percent white. (You could look it up on a site called PolicyMap.com, but you'd have to register to get access to the data.)

            I think your speculation that if crime "even remotely" affected a white neighborhood, effective solutions to prevent violence would magically appear, is somewhat lacking in evidence to support it.

            On the national level we have mass shootings with victims of all races, and yet even minimal restrictions on gun ownership are in doubt in Congress.

            Does the fact that most of the shooters and most of the victims in Evanston are black make any difference in the response? I'm not sure about that. Perhaps the salient factor in any slackness of response — if it exists — is that most of the shooters and most of the victims are poor.

            But regardless of the intensity of the response, fully solving the complex problems that lead people to see a gun as the right tool to reach for to solve their interpersonal conflicts isn't going to happen overnight.

            — Bill

          10. I need to disagree with you a
            I need to disagree with you a bit here Bill, Evanstons criminal focus has been directed at the African American side of it self for some time. If this had of been an issue in the white areas of town the network and power structure in this town would not have allowed a police state type encampment in those wards. Those section of town would have made the city and other entities find the mental health strategys, the economic inclusion strategys. But because even in good ole diverse it’s easier to arrest social ills when the face of them are black. I know why because that’s how we have been conditioned. My family has been here a hundred years I’m a true Evanston product and until the last few shootings so we’re most of the shooters. See we cooked this violence stew, with our apathy and the diversity lie we sold the world. Cause the same urban issue have existed in Evanston for generations. And until the youth and young adult program the answer was lock them up or roll our some basketballs and give them different colored tee shirts. This didn’t just come we built it, our school system needed to brag about its success and hide it failure. Not just today but when my grandparents went to these systems. You tossed thousands of black father in jail for minor drug offences for years then it becomes a buiness for other to become wealthy beyond belief. Race is an issue in Evanston and has always been, we just good at our PR and keeping our head in the sand. Trust me had we cooked this violence stew on Judson or Woodbine instead of church and Dodge the towns reaction would have been much different and focused in a different way!

          11. Disagreement?

            Hi Lonnie,

            I don't think you're disagreeing with what I wrote in response to Joyce's comment.

            You're making a different point.

            If you would amend your point to acknowledge that repressive strategies have been used in response to crime in all economically disadvantage communities — not just in the black community — I'd mostly agree with you.

            But that still leaves the problem of what strategies today will actually solve the crime problem — and what kind of time frame will be required to implement the solution.

            — Bill

          12. I understand your points and

            I understand your points and I'd say there are no quick fix solutions.

            It took generations to get here and it will take generations to get out.

            But there are partial answers, that a community' like ours could employ! 1 find a way to employ the black fathers of these young men the greatest deterrent to a lost black male child is an employedd black male provider! 2 bring back a true vocational training program to Evanston high school and not just auto shop and carpentry but high tech vocation like solar and Geo thermal. 3 close the 100 year old achievement gap today no more conversation about do it! 4 true culturally relevant mental health resources mobilized and focused quickly on the 10 to 15 traumatized familys these shooters come from! Other then that undo systemic racism.

          13. How do you close the 100 year old Achievement Gap?

            Lonnie, i think 99.9999% of people in Evanston would like to see all children succeed academically and have the Achievement Gap closed by enabling all children to reach their potential. 

            The question is, "How do you do it?" 

            There have been many attempts and a lot of money and time spent on trying to close the Achievement Gap, but it hasn't happened. Why?

            If you have a specific plan please share it with the community.

            Evanston has many programs in place to help disadvantaged children including ESCCA, Y.O.U., Connections for Homeless, Youth Job Center, and the list goes on and on. There is a real desire and commitment in our community to help ALL youth succeed. 

            But the Achievement Gap exists and persists. Why?

            As I mentioned in my earlier post, page 8 of the April 25, 2016 "Report on Black Student Achiement in District 65" shows that only 34% of black students entering kindergarten are "Kindergarten Ready" relative to 64% for white students.


            In my opinion, we should have a goal to get 100% of all kids, black, white, purple and orange ready for kindergarten.

            If kids are ready socially, emotionally, behavorially, and have some basic literacy and numeracy skills BEFORE they enter kindergarten, maybe we will see different academic outcomes by 3rd grade and 8th grade and more kids will be ready to be successful when they enter ETHS.

            Read this recent 9 page report from the American Academy of Pediatrics about "Poverty and Child Health in the United States" 


            We wait until problems occur before addressing them. Fixing problems is more difficult than preventing problems. Let's focus more resources on the 0 to 5 age group and help all kids reach their potential.

            Please share with us your ideas to address this important issue.

      2. Increasing violence on westside In Evanston.

        These alleged feuding families do not need to be residing in Evanston. Use the new language in the revised ordinance if the police and Mayor are serious about what they speak on…! I have lived in Evanston eight months… There has been a surge in police activity heading in the West direction of Evanston. Last night gunshots was again coming from the west end in Evanston. Very frightening!!

  3. So Awful
    Over the weekend 4 teenagers were shot in Evanston. One 16 year old, two 17 year olds, and a 19 year old.

    Think about this for a minute.

    Four TEENAGERS…shot.

    And this was over the course of Father’s Day on Sunday.

    And this was the same weekend that thousands of people turned out
    for the YWCA Race Against Hate.

    What will it take to stop this violence in Evanston?

    1. We know exactly what will do it

      We know exactly what will do it, but it wont be done. Broken windows policing, stop and frisk, and mandatory minimums for any gun crimes (possession, straw purchasing, etc.). But these policies will affect minority communities, so they can't be done anymore. This isn't hard.

  4. shooting
    Wow we got some gung HO arrest they butt citizens here huh. Well let’s talk a few real facts Evanston has been arresting black men in large numbers for 45 years or so. Any of you feel safer? Your idea of arresting a group that has been non included in the economic flow in ev created the gang process in the 1st place
    You can’t arrest a social ill, that I’ll is non inclusion over generations your mindset has helped create mutigenerational trauma. Your school system took our money and failed half the black men who entered it for a 100 years the smell and decay you see in these young men your uncaring butts helped create. Now your simple minded answer is more arrest. How bout you invest in people for awhile your dollar might go farther. Time to think out the box go arrest a gun manufacturer it’s their profit that help hurt people hurt people.

    1. Any of us feel safer

      Any of us feel safer from putting criminals behind bars? Yes. Gun crime is at a 51-year low. Gun crime has been cut in half since 1994. A lot of this is due to stiffer penalties for violent crime (1994 Crime Bill), that today, everyone is railing against because it's "racist."

      I can't blame an inanimate metal object for a person's actions, sorry. Someone has to make a decision to use a gun. If you are promoting still penalties for having an unregistered gun, I agree.

      1. The Sheep have been misled again
        Once again the sheep have been misled, by the Shepard (Media) a 51 yr low and we’re already @ 300 Hundred murders . Keep peeking from behind that curtain or that Iron gate. If that’s what makes you safe.

    2. Multi-generational trauma?

      Multi-generational trauma?? A dandy excuse. Never before has so much been made available to any who wish to partake while passing through District 65 schools. Available to ALL sir. But anyway, can you explain in depth your investment in people plan? Do you have a policing strategy as well? Meantime, thanks EPD for doing your best.

      1. gun violence

        I think you need to read district 65 own report on the achievement gap 1st then we will go in depth on other matters! Same achievement gap for close to 100 years. Don't believe the hype!! And it will be real hard to keep arresting all they kids they dump, and they dumped the father's and grandfathers this is one form of mutigenerational trauma!

        And my point on investment with out giving you a business plan is simple the same dollars you use to hire a cop, retrain a person your bang will be bigger with each buck!! And I'm not against law enforcement my kids EPD but these numbers have created an illness you can't ask Chief Eddington and EPD to clean up! The mess is generations deep my friend.

        1. Evidence

          Hi Lonnie,

          I understand your point about investment. Do you have any evidence that it works or is effective? Pat Quinn spent (wasted) $50 million dollars on a similar plan, an anti violence program, that did absolutely nothing to curb violence and cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.

          Despite the huge increase in guns on the street the last 2 decades, gun crime is down. There are reasons for this. The crime bill was one. You are seeing the last two years an uptick in crime I believe because police hands are tied.

          Stops in Chicago are down 80%, and gun crime is exploding this year. This isn't hard to correlate.

          1. gun violence
            My ideas on investments are local in nature and aimed and focused on the community’s were these issues happen. Here is a fact the best deterrent for a young wild African American teen males ignorance. Is an employed . black male role model who is a leader and provider in his home. The thing that this generational fail did worst was its affect on is black family structure. The reason you can’t arrest your way out of it is because it’s become foundational. To change it you need the investment in those community’s to be equal to the non investment was. We built this and we must deconstruct it. And it’s not some black issue it’s an American issue. We fiddled and let our leaders sell us a dream. Evanston is a great town but only for some. We need to be the town our PR packets say we are

          2. Agree
            I agree Lonnie that the family structure in the African American community is a huge issue.

            But there isn’t enough money in the world to throw at that issue. Those changes have to come within that community. Money isn’t going to make black men who are absentee fathers to multiple children suddenly become good dads. In fact, you could argue welfare, that often leads to multi-generational poverty and dependence, is a factor in high unemployment.

            Communities that put an emphasis on family and education tend to thrive regardless of skin color or discrimination.

          3. The money was there to

            The money was there to distroy the black family structure, didn't take all the money in the world to do that!!

        2. What can be done?

          Lonnie, you are correct. "The mess is generations deep"

          The question should be, "What can be done to help all kids succeed?" And what role can the community, and i mean all different parts of the community, including schools, churches, community groups and others play in a constructive manner to address the underlying challenges?

          On page 8 of the report, it shows that only 34% of black students entering D65 in Kindergarten are deemed "Kindergarten Ready" versus 64% for white students. That's a massive gap. It would seem one important role for community members and groups to play would be to help more black students get ready for kindergarten.

          Recent science and medical research demonstrates how the brain develops from ages 0 to 5 and this establishes either a strong or weak foundation for future learning, health, behavioral and academic outcomes.

          As a community, we can look to the past, and complain about the inequities, or we can choose to understand the challenges, and confront them head on, and dig in and do the hard, challenging, yet ultimately rewarding work.

          All kids deserve an opportunity to be successful. Let's focus our time and money on programs that have demonstrated success and actually help all kids.

        3. Shared responsibility

          When kids show up for kindergarten not ready to learn (know their name, follow simple instructions, be able to sit for at least 10 minutes while an adult reads to them, able to hold a scissors and maybe be able to use it to cut simple shapes, etc.), they are starting behind. As the other kids are adding to their skills and knowledge, those kids are trying to learn what they needed to know on day 1.

          Then those children go home to the same environment that sent them to kindergarten unprepared to learn.  Anyone there reading to them?  Anyone there turning the TV and computer off?  Anyone there serving the child good, nutritious food and enforcing a reasonable bedtime so the child is well rested?

          There are black children in D65 achieving at or above grade level.  How is it that they can achieve there? What factors are involved? 

          I am no fan of D65 but are some parents and families failing children before those children go to kindergarten?

          Try to run a 100 meters against someone who has a half second head start. You must be almost superhuman to win when you start behind.  Same goes for school achievement.  Far too many kids start behind. Even if they try hard and even if D65 does its job, they will likely struggle and may fail.

          I am all for supporting resources for young children's development–Head Start, libraries, park district programs, etc.  But parents and families need to step up by doing the job of raising their children to love learning and using those resources.

          1. Excellent post. The key to
            Excellent post. The key to success was well documented. For years, D65 has avoided that fact that education starts at home and, with rare exception, schools can do little to defeat this problem.

          2. Year round school?

            Perhaps this may be a time to explore year round school. Many school districts have found this especially helps stop summer losses by disadvantaged students

    3. Two-way street

      Society must invest but each individual must invest in himself or herself.

      Stay in school.  Work hard and achieve to the best of your ability.  Respect your elders, especially your family and those who educate you.   Don't get involved in doing or selling drugs or any other criminal activity. Don't join a gang.

      Defer having children until you are emotionally and financially ready.  Get the education and/or skills needed to support yourself and any family that you choose to have and actually support that family emotionally and financially.  Raise your children the same way and be a positive presence in their lives every day.

      That goes for every member of society who does not have a physical or mental impairment that prevents these actions.  It is 2016 and opportunities abound.  Seize them and make the most of them.

      1. Two-way street
        You hit the nail on the head. If everyone had this mentality, there would never be people doing what they are doing today. I grew up with the Golden Rule, There were also real family units….moms stayed home. Teachers had respect. NOBODY dared misbehave in school, or when out in public. There weren’t weapons available…..people had kids when they could afford them…dads had legitimate jobs, and on and on…..Education was the top priority, and parents encouraged kids to be their best.
        This simply is not the case anymore, and it hasn’t been for a long time. Common sense, intelligence, good behaviors, etc. are totally out the window. And in a lot of cases, there are no parents around to really care. Teachers have a horrible time in the classrooms, and bad behavior is the norm. If there was any way to go back in time, that would be awesome. And the fact that people either don’t think about consequences, or don’t really care about their OWN lives, then they don’t care who they’re shooting, or if they end up in jail. It’s a very stupid way to exist, and very sad.

        1. A hard choice may have to be made in schools

          An issue schools and government never seem to want to tackle or rather they keep on going the same old way, is what to 'really' do with the trouble makers.

          Do you keep them in the classroom [or even school] and "hope" they get better—I don't know the statistics but I bet the turn around is rare. Or do you get them out of the school so that those who want to learn can–and in turn get ahead and help society.  As it is we really punish those who want to work and learn—mostly those from the lower to middle or middle middle classes–the upper middle and above may be able to afford tutors, activities outside the school—if the kids can just keep from being injured in the school.

          What to do with those who can't behave ? A tough question but the status quo is not working. Maybe have special school ? bootcamps for those who "seem" to just need discipline for a while. Removing them from a problem home [i.e. parents are criminals, drug/alcholics] is probably not feasible [lawful?] and certainly in liberal Evanston would not be allowed.

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