Prevention Of Violence in the New Rochelle School District
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Over the course of the past week there have been three separate incidents of violence with deadly weapons within the city of New Rochelle. Whats even more troubling is that all three incidents involved students of New Rochelle High School, with two of them happening near campus, and one happening on campus. In addition to this one of these stabbings led to the death of Valaree Schwab. After the first tragic incident New Rochelle PD was vigilant in the days following but then returned to their normal practice of casual patrols instead of increased police presence. The New Rochelle Police department believed this was an isolated incident and quickly moved on acting as if this could not happen again. A little more than a week later a student was stabbed at a local pizzeria yet still no one was arrested or charged with a crime. Today the same student who was stabbed went to school today and stabbed another pupil. As a student of Iona College who frequents this area to attend classes, and dine at local establishments I find the lack of police accountability to be quite troubling. I believe that the area known as North Avenue should have a foot post for a police officer to continually monitor the area due to the heavy volume of students and due to the increase in violent crime. Along with this request I truly believe that Superintendent Brian Osborne, Principal Reginald Richardson, and the New Rochelle school board should resign effective immediately due to their blatant, reckless, and careless approach to the increase in violent crime in the school that they are entrusted with. The lack of response by all of these parties, has now led to yet another tragedy that could've been prevented. Dire action was needed after the first tragedy. Consequently two more incidents have occurred. The school waited until it was on their property before acting often just offering condolences and not talking about any real or substantive changes to safety policies or procedures. I am also calling on County Executive George Latimer to hold an emergency public safety meeting to discuss if any county resources can go towards aiding this area that seems to be unprotected and out of control. I also call on Mayor Noam Bramson, and County Legislators Damon Maher, Jim Maisano, and Catherine Parker to work with the police department in finding effective ways to keep this community safe.
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