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Continued: Hundreds of guards help escort Chicago kids across gang boundaries to new schools

  • Article by: DON BABWIN , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 26, 2013 - 3:30 PM

"They will ride to school for the rest of their life, as long as I'm in Chicago," Jennifer Press said, explaining her determination to keep her kids out of harm's way and from gangs from preying on them. She was at Gresham Elementary to register her 4-year-old daughter there because the pre-Kindergarten class at a school closer to her home is full.

For her part, 9-year-old Kayla professed she wasn't worried about all the gangs and the dangers of the streets that she's heard her grandmother, Annie Stovall, and other grown-ups talk about — as long as her grandmother and aunt who walked with her to school are nearby.

"I'm going to be OK, as long as they're with me," she said.

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