The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance is outraged and saddened by the death of Laquan McDonald. We express our condolences to his family and to all those who have experienced police violence. The Alliance works with young people across intersecting identities who are often the target of violence in their schools and communities. We join the voices speaking out against this senseless violence, the lack of accountability, and the need for systemic reform of these systems that continue to oppress Black youth and other youth of color.

The Alliance also stands in solidarity with BYP100 and organizations and individuals who are speaking out against the violent death of Laquan McDonald and applaud the youth activism being done to respond to this situation and hope for a day when all students are safe.