CHICAGO — After an honor student’s brutal beating, the Rev. Jesse Jackson is joining parents in escorting a group of students who attend a high school on Chicago’s South Side.
Jackson rode with students on a bus to Christian Fenger Academy High School on Tuesday.
He says the plan is to ensure students’ safe arrival and to highlight how long it takes the students to ride the several miles from Altgeld Gardens public housing to Fenger.
Tensions between students from Altgeld and those from the neighborhood surrounding Fenger are blamed for the Sept. 24 beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.
A cell phone video shows Albert curled up on the sidewalk as fellow teens kick him and hit him with splintered railroad ties. The Obama administration has called Albert’s death a call to action.