WASHINGTON — A chilling cellphone video of a Chicago honors student's fatal beating has captured national attention, and President Obama responded Thursday by announcing that two Cabinet secretaries would travel to his hometown next week.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Education Secretary Arne Duncan would meet Wednesday with school officials, students and residents and talk about school violence.
"Obviously, [the incident] is of great concern to the president, as somebody who lives in Chicago," Gibbs said. "But [it] would and should be a concern for every American."
Gibbs has indicated that the administration was preparing an initiative to address the national issues of youth crime and gang violence.