27 Chicago Public School Students Killed This Year, Already Tops Last Year's Total

04/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE

Chicago Public Schools officials updated their tally of students killed by violence during the 2008-2009 school year to 27 students, the Tribune's Carlos Sadovi reports. The current total means more pupils have been killed during the current school year than in all of the 2007-2008 school year.

The overlooked student was Clemente High School 9th grader Devour Robinson. The 17-year-old died Nov. 14, days after being found shot in his Humboldt Park Home, according to the Tribune.

A CPS spokeswoman says police notified schools officials about Robinson today.

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With about three months left in the current school year, the number of Chicago Public School students slain has reached 26, matching the total for all of last school year.

Most of the killings have taken place on neighborhood streets and not during school hours.

In an effort to come up with ways to stem the carnage, Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman has announced he will meet Thursday with Police Supt. Jody Weis.

Huberman said the problem of youth violence is much bigger than the public school system, noting district officials have been putting a lot of time and energy into coming up with a plan of action.

Deputy Police Chief Nick Roti of the organized-crime division said police have been working with school officials to develop gang-related intelligence from students in the schools.

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