"Just opening up the door, and take a morning sweep of the sidewalks and to find something like that is just shocking," said Michael Klockowski, the resident on the city Northwest Side who found the school girl. The snow outside his home was still stained Thursday.
When told that police officers were patrolling the Safe Passages on foot on Thursday, Cambron acknowledged the police presence but noted it took the rape of a student to prompt the patrol.
a yard and raped, police said, with the assault taking place just a half block away from one of the city "Safe Passage" school routes especially for students.
By Michael Martinez and George Howell
City and school officials doubled the number of Safe Passage routes this fall to accommodate more children being forced to walk greater distances to school because the school system closed a record 48 elementary schools amid a $1 billion budget shortfall. About 12,000 students are attending new schools this year because of the budget crisis, and many of them must walk through some of Chicago most violent neighborhoods.
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A resident found the girl half naked and bleeding from the head on a snowy walkway on the side of his home. She lay for about two hours in the cold before she was discovered.
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"It shouldn be that way," she said.
Frantic passengers aboard a South Florida bound Greyhound bus called 911 in Volusia County on Sunday saying the driver was all over the road and falling asleep at the wheel.
The girl was in serious condition Thursday in a hospital,
The incident put another spotlight on the city problem with violence. Just this fall, local officials pledged that an expanded Safe Passages program with its big yellow signs above sidewalks patrolled during key times by paid, trained workers would be a sanctuary for children walking to and from school.
Parents and residents are now questioning the safety of the program in a city that has been plagued by gun related murders.
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a result of a problem with Safe Passage, but we know that it not supposed to happen," the alderman said.
"Everybody is scared. It can happen to any of our kids, so everybody is worried," Ada Cambron, a parent, said Thursday. "In the morning, you never see police walking around and stuff like that."
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Police were still searching Thursday for a suspect.
"I think it works, but it just needs a little bit more security on it," Rafael said. "Like, OK, you can patrol it right now, but later on, like in a few weeks, they forget about it. And they won be around anymore."
Another parent, Sharon Rafael, said she liked the program but was skeptical of its monitoring as she stood outside a school with her small daughter and held a pink "Pretty Princess Puzzles" book.
Ariel Reboyras, the alderman representing the area where the Omega Women's Constellation assault occurred, defended the Safe Passage program. when it was still dark outside.
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