October 7th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
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In Chicago, Obama aides tackle teen violence

Youth violence is not a racial or income problem, 'it is an American problem,' said Attorney General Eric Holder.

Youth violence is not a racial or income problem, 'it is an American problem,' said Attorney General Eric Holder.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan met Wednesday with a group of teens who were schoolmates of a Chicago youth brutally beaten to death last month.

"I can't tell you how impressed I am. We had a great conversation," Duncan said at a news conference. "These are kids that are overcoming odds that folks in this room have a hard time even comprehending."

He and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder also met with Chicago's mayor and community leaders to discuss possible remedies for violent crimes involving young people.

The Cabinet members' visit, ordered by President Obama, was prompted by the beating death of Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old honors student. Authorities said Derrion was caught, unwittingly, in the middle of a street fight between two factions of students from Christian Fenger Academy High School on September 24.

The beating was videotaped with a cell phone.

His death was not an isolated incident: More than 30 youths died violently in Chicago last school year.

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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Eric Holder • Obama administration
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Is the safe school czar in attendance. He will have some good advice for teens about having sex with pedafiles.

    October 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. m smith

    Gosh if he does nothing he is no good and if he does something then he is not engaged in or foreign policy. Seems like a no win to me. Oh and it is all the Demos fault. What a bunch smart guys we have here. Any help is better than none. when was the last time a white house got involved? Wake up you conservitive christian wingnuts. Politics aside these kids need what ever help we can give them. And maybe we can get more parents involved. It does not hurt to try.

    October 7, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. RR

    This is what holder needs to tell these teens: "Pull up your pants! Stop talking like foul-mouthed illiterates, and stop acting like life is a rap video! Start speaking like Martin Luther King, Jr and President Obama, dress like someone who cares about his appearence, and stop jumping into fights at the drop of a hat!"

    October 7, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. mjm

    I don't get it....Where are the community organizers? Seems like they are there in full force during election cycles, but then they disappear after the vote. Funny how that works.

    Chicago is a disaster. Taxes are though the roof, but they never seem to have money for the schools.

    Why is that? Because Mayor Daley's assistant makes $225k / year just like all the other city politicians.

    You see, with Democrats your taxes go in their pockets, not to the schools and not the community.

    October 7, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. scaredofchitown

    no wonder the IOC said "thanks, but no thanks Obonog,"

    this is where the Resident came from, so just follow the sludge trail.

    October 7, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Latisha Green

    It is a shame that a death was video taped. Its bad enough people run to support fights and not anything positive. I'm glad that President Obama is stepping in and getting involved with all this unnecessary killing. Its important that President Obama is active in all aspects of the world. I hope all this senseless violence stops.

    October 7, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. cali man

    All the Obama critics can say what they want..no president would have sent his staff to address INNER-CITY VIOLENCE...It takes a human being with compassion to do this..that's why I voted for Obama

    October 7, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Independant Vet

    Now you know why Barrack is selling his home on South Side. Or give it back to Tony.

    What were they doing 30 yrs ago. Just like they are today. To little too late. Time for the Mayor to step up. Or just shut up . This is Chicago . The City of Corruption , the home of your ,UHH Huh Pres. all he knows is lie an fly about , the do nothing . UHH Huh. Wright Joe the Camel.

    October 7, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Bill

    Holder is a coward.

    October 7, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Biased

    I hate to be cynical but i am afraid it takes a lot more than sending one of the people – Duncan – who was the head of the education department in Chicago. It seems he wasn't that successful when he had the job there so he is brought to Washington to oversee all levels of education across the country and then picked to go back and see what is wrong with Chicago. I find this extremely hypocritical.

    October 7, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Lets all come up with another social program that will waste money and worsen the problem.

    October 7, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. doris estabrooks

    where has religion gone? aren't children taught the 10 commandments?
    'thou shall not kill' doesn't seem to mean a thing to the ones that think nothing of taking a life. feel telivision and movies have created a world that is immune to killings and harming others.
    bring back the good in everything we see and read.
    doris e.

    October 7, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  13. American Citizen

    Chicago needs to be taken outside and hosed down with a garden hose, they are so dirty there.

    October 7, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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