Safety concerns topped the list. Parents and students perceived these schools as gang-infested and dangerous. “You don’t know outright what happened, but people talk. You hear about shootings, fighting,” says parent Rhonda Woods, a postal worker from Roseland.
“People told me about Calumet. They said it was rough,” says Revo Harris, an 8th-grader at Oglesby elementary school in Auburn-Gresham.