Urban Violence Has Wide-Ranging Impact on Schools

“Exposure to neighborhood violence has a much bigger impact than we think it does,” study lead author and sociologist Julia Burdick-Will said in a university news release. “It can affect an entire school and how it’s able to function.”

Chicago allows students to attend school anywhere in the city, so many students commute to schools across town, and students from nearly every neighborhood attend nearly every school, the study authors explained.

This means that students from violent neighborhoods can carry their experiences to schools across the city.

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