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Fifth Graders' Op-Ed Critiques News Coverage of Neighborhood

Fifth Graders Op-Ed Critiques News Coverage of Neighborhood Gun Violence

In an effort to counter the negative publicity their neighborhood receives due to gun violence, a group of fifth-grade students wrote an op-ed published last week in The Chicago Tribune

"We saw your news trucks and cameras here recently and we read the articles, 'Six shot in South Shore laundromat' and 'Another mass shooting in Terror Town'," they said, according to The Huffington Post. "We saw the reporters with fancy suits in front of our laundromat. You spent less than 24 hours here, but you don't really know us."

The students said there are positive parts of the neighborhood, such as the children jumping rope and the local store clerk who gives them free candy. 

"We want you to know us," they said. "We aren't afraid... This neighborhood is filled with love. This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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