— First lady Michelle Obama, visiting Chicago on Wednesday for a discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and civic leaders on ways to combat youth violence, will stop afterward at Harper High School, whose students have often been casualties in recent shootings.
Twenty-nine current or former Harper students have been shot in the last year, eight of them fatally, the first lady's office said. The school is in the West Englewood neighborhood.
At the school, she will meet with a small group of students and counselors "to hear firsthand about their experiences," her office said. The visit is not open to the public.
The first lady's lunch meeting with Emanuel and others will be at the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan Avenue.
The Obamas have been active in addressing gun violence in Chicago since a 15-year-old honor student, Hadiya Pendleton, was slain by gunfire Jan. 29 about a mile from their Kenwood home.
The first lady's visit Wednesday comes as Congress is poised to take up gun-control measures.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun