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Chicago Schools Warn Parents of 'Violent' Laquan McDonald Video

By DNAinfo Staff | November 24, 2015 4:29pm
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CHICAGO — Ahead of the expected release of footage showing Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Chicago Public Schools' Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson sent a letter to parents and guardians warning that students "may be upset by its violent content."

The schools chief asserts upfront that the video will not be shown in schools, but warns that "this footage is sure to raise many emotions among our children, and we want you to know that CPS will do everything possible to meet their needs."

The letter, obtained by DNAinfo.com Chicago, continues:

"To make sure that children have a safe outlet for their questions and emotions, we have created a special toolkit that will help teachers talk to students about this incident in a sensitive and constructive way."

In part, the toolkit advises that "students continue the conversation at home."

Jackson also advises parents that counselors will be available to talk to students Wednesday.

The video is expected to be released to media Tuesday afternoon and may be broadcast on television news networks.

See the full letter sent to CPS parents and guardians:

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