Some worried to send kids back to school near Sherman Park

Posted at 11:13 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 00:23:44-04

Parents of students studying near Sherman Park say they are worried to send their kids to school next week.

They worry about the Sherman Park environment, following days of violence and looting. Principals at Milwaukee College Prep charter school campuses are already fielding calls from worried parents.

"We've been in touch with our families to make sure they are in the best place possible mentally and that they are safe when they return to school," said Michael Morgan, principal of Milwaukee College Prep.

MCP mom Crystal Robinson tells TODAY'S TMJ4 she is worried about her three children. Two of the school campuses are just a little over six blocks from where looting and fires happened over the weekend.

"I'm concerned but not to the point where I don't want to send my kids to school," said Robinson.

Robinson also has family next to Sherman Park, so they already have rules for the kids when they are there.

"You are not to walk around out there. If you are not to go to the store or anything, your Ti Ti needs to be with you, and don't get involved if others are planning on doing something that you know is not right," said Robinson.

The principals say what worries them most besides safety is what their students are hearing in the community about where they live.

"When people say words like hopeless and things like that, it is so far from the truth so we have to be in their ears...because it is so far from hopeless," said Kristen Foster, principal at MCP.

The school plans a listening session this Friday, August 19 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at 1350 W. North Avenue. Parents, students and recent graduates of MCP are invited to talk about the upcoming school year and their concerns about the violence.

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