Guards help escort Chicago pupils to new schools

Aug 27, 2013 by

kill zoneCHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago children whose schools were closed last spring walked to new ones on the first day of school Monday under the watchful eye of police officers and newly hired safety guards there to provide protection as the youngsters crossed unfamiliar streets — many of them gang boundaries.

No incidents of trouble were reported, police said. Parents and grandparents said they were still concerned that the city’s obvious show of first-day force won’t keep their children safe in the weeks and months to come.

‘‘I think it’s just show-and-tell right now,’’ said Annie Stovall, who walked her granddaughter, 9-year-old Kayla Porter, to Gresham Elementary School, which is about five blocks farther from home than Kayla’s previous South Side school.

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