WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is sending a pair of top Cabinet officials next week to visit the Chicago, Illinois, school where an honors student was beaten to death, the beating videotaped and broadcast around the world.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder will make the trip October 7, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
"It's a great concern to the president, as somebody who lives in Chicago and should be a concern for every American," Gibbs said.
Obama spoke with his advisers about the killing on Wednesday and directed Duncan and Holder to meet with officials from the school, the students and the community to "talk about the issue of school violence," Gibbs said.
The beating death of 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert occurred outside Chicago's Christian Fenger Academy High School and has raised attention to the alarming figure of 30 students killed last year in Obama's home city.
Cook County prosecutors have charged four suspects with first-degree murder in Albert's killing.
Gibbs, who called the video of the beating "chilling," said he did not know whether Obama had watched it himself but said the president was "concerned about the incident."
Obama was leaving Thursday for Copenhagen, Denmark, to lobby the International Olympic Committee to choose Chicago as host of the 2016 Olympic
The White House seeks to balance expressing sensitivity and concern about the murder with projecting a positive image of Chicago as a safe city.
"This isn't a Chicago problem. Violence, youth violence is a problem throughout our country," Gibbs said.
Nevertheless, Obama will be prepared to address the issue if asked about it by members of the IOC.
"The president has full confidence in the safety of the city and will be prepared to talk about that if that comes up as a question," Gibbs said.