Chicago Schools Suffered 27 Deaths in 2006

In Chicago, 27 school-age children died violently in the past year.

Stephanie Banchero, education writer for The Chicago Tribune, tells NPR's Michele Norris that 20 students have been shot to death over the past year - the highest number since district officials started counting nine years ago. The other seven were beaten, stabbed or suffocated to death.

Banchero visited the schools they attended and reports how their deaths affects the teachers and the other children.

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