First Lady Michelle Obama has helped to break the mold by speaking up for the kids in neighborhoods where gun violence is prevalent. The south side of Chicago is one of those areas, and it’s also where the first lady grew up. She spoke with CBS this week about the violence situation after visiting Harper High School students in April in the West Englewood neighborhood, which she said “has been riddled with violence.”
She said she heard “stories of how every day [students] wake up and they wonder whether they’re going to make it to school alive. I mean every single kid worries about their own death, or the death of someone, every single day.”
“One kid told me he felt like he lived in a cage because he feels like his community is unseen, unheard, and nobody cares about it. What’s our obligation to these kids? We do have one.”
A total of 29 students from the school have been shot this year, with 8 of them being killed.
“We have millions of kids living in these kinds of circumstances, and we as a nation have to embrace these kids and let them know that we hear them, we see them,” said the first lady, who grew up on the South Side. She visited the school not long after the shooting death of 15-year-old honors student Hadiya Pendleton, which occurred about a mile from the Obama family’s Kenwood home.