I hope you've been following the story">of the CTA bus shooting that killed 16-year-old Julian high school student Blair Holt. I was at the hospital the night Blair died, and the screams that filled the waiting room when his family and friends learned he was gone were heartbreaking.
Listening to people's reactions and scanning some of the blogs, one thing that strikes me is how little outrage I'm hearing. Some people even made jokes about what happened. Others have questioned why this is front-page news.
The answer is, it was a horrific crime that never should have happened.
It doesn't matter if you've never been to this neighborhood or been on the No. 103 bus. It's also not OK to dismiss this as just another gang-related crime on the South Side. A 16-year-old boy was gunned down in broad daylight on a CTA bus. More people could have died with him.
So, why aren't people talking about this?
Do you, as public transit riders, feel safe when you walk onto a bus or train? What would it take to make you feel safer?
Are there any bus and rail operators out there with stories of violent encounters on the job?