Parents Stand In Support Outside Whitney Young HS After Threat Found

Mike Krauser
December 05, 2018 - 9:48 am

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Threats found scrawled in Whitney Young High School suggesting there could be some sort of incident on Wednesday brought parents to the school on Chicago’s Near-West Side.  

About 30 parents stood Wednesday morning outside the school, some holding signs. One read, “Less Fear, More Kindness.” 

Heidi Bailey, the parent of a sophomore, said the parents got together after learning of the latest threat, a note reading, "You all will pay 12/5," and decided to come to the school Wednesday morning in a show of force and support.   

“We are here to not let fear and hatred take down our school community and our children and a show of force to say that love is always going to win.  Too many times we’ve had these images outside of schools like ours after the fact and in talking to our children, they’re afraid and these images are all to real to them.”

She said her daughter told her that she’s afraid and she said that in a classroom she has nowhere to hide.

Bailey said none of the parents assembled outside the school had to think about things like that when they were teenagers and she said, “that’s not okay.” 

"This is what our children in high schools have to think about these days," she said. 

The Principal, Dr. Joyce Kenner, had said even if the threat, and another found last Friday were hoaxes, they're taken very seriously. 

"Whether or not it's a prank or a student who really is in a lot of pain, we want our students to know, help one another, speak out for one another and just be the friend and the person they need to be," Bailey said.

The school has implemented increased security measures.