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Schools CEO Thornton: recent school violence mirrors that in Baltimore

In a letter, Baltimore schools CEO says violence in schools mirrors that of surrounding city.

Baltimore City Schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent a letter this week addressing the recent violence that rocked a West Baltimore high school before Thanksgiving break -- a situation he said is a "microcosm of the violence that our young people face daily."

In the strongly worded letter addressing a recent stabbing at Renaissance Academy that left one 17-year-old in critical condition and another facing attempted murder charges, Thornton called the incident a "senseless tragedy," but a predictable one.

"We may never know the exact reasons, but in a sense we already know the cause," he wrote. "This young man was a victim of the culture of violence that permeates our society, in large part due to poverty and the sense of hopelessness it engenders in many communities."

You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.

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