VIDEO: A 9-Year-Old Kid Schools Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

May 21, 2013
7:01 pm

Leave it to a 9-year-old boy to speak out against the school closings in Chicago.

Here is what the Chicagoist has to say about Asean Johnson, the boy in the video:


Meet Asean Johnson. He is nine years old, and he is a third-grader at Marcus Garvey Elementary. He was downtown on Monday at the rally to protest the city’s plan to close dozens of Chicago’s public schools, where he delivered this powerful speech. His school is on the list of closures, and if closed, Asean will be heading to Mount Vernon Elementary.

Asean has been active in the movement to save his school, appearing at rallies and delivering speeches to the school board and district leaders. He was featured in a Sun-Times editorial, which also pointed out the receiving school Mount Vernon Elementary has lower test scores than Garvey. Watch this interview with Asean from Monday.