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Baltimore parents terrified of ‘school-to-grave pipeline’ as violence worsens

Some parents are apprehensive about sending their children to school as youth murders and shootings spike in Charm City.

“The school-to-prison pipeline or school-to-grave pipeline is really real in Baltimore,” Giovanni Patterson, a mother of two, told Fox News.

Giovanni Patterson said violence is a top concern for both parents and students in Baltimore. (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

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Public schools in Baltimore held a ceremony last week to remember the 19 students who have been shot dead over the past year. The youngest victim was eight years old. The year before, there were shootings that claimed the lives of 12 students.

There have also been some shootings on or near school groundsothers occurred elsewhere in the community.

Mr Patterson attributes the violence partly to lack of education. He is suing the school system and city officials, alleging the school misused taxpayer funds, reported ghost students to get more money, and falsified student records. there is

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in Baltimore lowest graduation rate I crossed Maryland in my last school year. At one high school 77% of students Read at elementary or kindergarten level.

“Both the shooter and the shooter are often under third grade,” Patterson said. “What future do you really have in store for these young people, other than fighting to survive?”

Homicides and shootings will drop overall in 2023. According to Baltimore PoliceBut the opposite is true for adolescents, with juvenile homicides up 67% and shootings up 55% compared to this time last year.

Blanca Tapawasco, who educates one of her sons at home and two others attend public schools, said she was worried about her children’s safety.

Homeschool mother and son are sitting with open math workbooks.

Blanca Tapawasco and her youngest son practice multiplication at their Baltimore home on April 26, 2023. (Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)

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“I don’t feel safe,” she said. “Drop [my son] He doesn’t want to be on the public school bus, so pick him up. ”

Tapawasco believes the school has become a “target for children to participate” in gangs.

“I know there is gang activity,” she said. “Violence is so terrifying, it’s intentional, it’s hateful, it’s really terrifying. So you’re either going to struggle, or you’ll be scooped up by gangs, or you’ll be swallowed up in the streets.”

Children under the age of 13 cannot be prosecuted for nonviolent crimes in Maryland. State Law. Relatives of 12-year-old boy shot dead in April told Fox45 Adults are recruiting children to commit crimes.

“Our country is a very liberal state,” Tapawasco told Fox News. “The consequences will be for everyone. It’s not just for those who voted a certain way, it’s for all of us.”

Blanca Tapawasco sits on the steps outside her home in Baltimore.

Blanca Tapawasco pulled her youngest son out of public school in 2020 because she was concerned that Charm City’s public school system was failing. Her two older sons attend vocational high schools in Baltimore. (Hannah Ray Lambert/Fox News Digital)

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With violence among students continuing to rise, Patterson said education is no longer a top priority for many children in Baltimore’s schools.

“The number one thing they want is to be safe,” he says. “It’s not learning. It’s not teaching. They go to school and say, ‘Hey, I just want to go home.'”

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