Shooting leads to new administrator at Chicago high schooll

April 12, 2007
Retired principal takes over at Chicago Vocational Career Academy after two students are wounded in classroom incident.

Alarmed by a shooting that injured two students at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, city school leaders took the unusual step Wednesday of appointing a retired principal to oversee the South Side high school. The move signals a lack of confidence in the leadership of Principal Marie Miles, whose four-year contract ends this fall. More than 2,000 students from across the city attend Chicago Vocational, which spans 750,000 square feet and one city block. Last year, the school reported 147 violent incidents, more than any other high school in the city. Demond Gore, 15, a freshman, has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. He told police he found a handgun on the way to the school and brought it through the front door. Gore says he pulled the trigger because he thought the safety was engaged. The bullet went through Gore's thigh and struck the thigh of a friend who was sitting next to him.
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EARLIER: Two students were shot this afternoon inside Chicago Vocational Academy on the city's South Side. The shooting occurred about 2:15 p.m. Police say it appeared that one of the students fired a weapon, striking the other student in the leg. The offender was also somehow shot in the leg before fleeing.
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