Chicago has the country’s third-largest school system with more than 400,000 students including preschoolers. At least 15 of those students have died by gunfire this school year.
…Last year a total of 70 children of school age, including dropouts and non-public school students, were killed by guns. More than 600 were wounded.
…For individuals who witness violence, the consequences can be severe. University of Chicago researcher Dexter Voisin studies the response to community violence. He says it is far worse for survivors.
Voisin says common aftereffects are aggression, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.