A mob of up to 60 students from Simeon Career Academy were on the warpath on Wednesday, vandalizing a local Walmart to protest guns and the Second Amendment.
An employee at the Walmart in Chatham Market on the South Side who spoke to The Red Elephants told the publication that the teenage vandals “jacked up our store pretty good.” In addition to trashing the store, the students allegedly “pounced on cars in the lot, vandalized two of the school busses parked there, threw Gatorade bottles at shoppers,” adding that they even set off smoke bombs.
“We heard gunshots in the parking lot,” he said.
CCTV footage of the incident was forwarded to DANGEROUS, revealing a small extent of the daylight rampage.
An employee who filmed the aftermath of the violence and posted it on Facebook identifies the perpetrators as students from Simeon High School.
Chicago police are currently attempting to identifying the students responsible for the violence through the aid of “high quality” video surveillance footage. A police spokesperson says that the students knocked over product displays, pulled items off shelves, smashed displays and packages, and stole items as they ran through the store.
Students responsible for the violence are expected to face misdemeanor charges and discipline from the school.
“We are very concerned by these allegations and we are reviewing the matter,” said a spokesperson from Chicago Public Schools to Fox 32 Chicago.
“We’ve worked too hard to try to get these national retailers here in our community. And this doesn’t help us. It makes no sense to tear up the community which you call home,” said Howard Brookins, the Alderman for the 21st Ward.
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