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Michelle Obama: Chicago school kids fear for their lives every day

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A group of Chicago high school students told First lady Michelle Obama they fear for their lives every day, she said in an interview with CBS’s Lee Cowan that will air on Sunday.

During a visit to Harper High School, students shared stories with her  “of how every day they wake up and wonder whether they’re going to make it out of school alive,” she said, according to CBS.

“I mean, every single kid worries about their own death, or the death of someone, every single day,” she said.

Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are illegal in the city. But it also has one of the highest murder rates, with 506 murders in 2012. More than 450 of those were gun-related.

Twenty-nine Harper High School students have been shot in the past year, and eight died, according to the White House.

The first lady visited Harper in April to meet with students after giving a talk hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel about ending youth violence. During that talk, she told about attending the funeral of of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was shot shortly after performing at President Obama’s inauguration.

In her interview for “CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood,” Obama used her conversations with the students to push for tighter gun laws.

“We have millions of kids living in these kinds of circumstances who are doing everything right. And we, as a nation, have to embrace these kids and let them know that we hear them, and see them,” she said.

“One kid told me he felt like he lived in a cage, because he feels like his community is unseen, unheard and nobody cares about it,” she said. “What’s our obligation to these kids? We do have one.”

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