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THE BUZZ: “Do you know what it’s like to be made to feel like a criminal when you were in fact, the victim?” that was Morgan Aranda, a former Walter Payton College Prep student who testified at a Wednesday hearing investigating systemic abuse within Chicago Public Schools. Aranda had reported sexual abuse by one of her teachers, only to face a series of interrogators who second-guessed her story, and even questioned what she was wearing at the time. Aranda said after she reported her teacher, she was placed back into his classroom as the investigation was underway. “I was shuttered into the dark, I felt as if I was the one under investigation,” Aranda said, stopping to swallow back tears. “It was clear that CPS did not believe me.” Watch here

The emotional testimony was the latest development in the fallout from a Chicago Tribune investigation that exposed years of abuse of CPS students while school officials bungled the complaints.

— “Illinois state lawmakers lash out at CPS over sexual abuse of students,” by Chicago Tribune’s Juan Perez Jr.