CBS2 cameras close at hand during unannounced security checks at troubled New York City high schools – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – An epidemic of violence and an arsenal of guns, knives and other weapons in the city’s schools finally prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to act.
CBS2 cameras were exclusively available at a school on Monday, where a cache of weapons was confiscated, Marcia Kramer reported.
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The head of the school security union calls the mayor’s new plan “Back to the future” because it involves the redeployment of the cops who, above all the “fund the police” movement, were an integral part of reducing violence at school and child safety.
And since the fundraising movement has made school security guards a political hot potato, our cameras weren’t exactly welcome during an unannounced showing on Monday.
They showed up at dawn for an unannounced screening at Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island. An exclusive video shows at least a dozen officers dispatched from the other four boroughs with special screening equipment which is one of the centerpieces of the mayor’s new plan to tackle violence in schools.
Susan Wagner’s location was chosen after a savage brawl at school last Friday. A security guard was dragged to the ground as he tried to arrest a 13-year-old who was later arrested after allegedly using a kitchen knife to threaten other students.
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And while school officials weren’t happy to have recorded the massive police action, they were probably happy with the outcome. Sources told CBS2 that brass knuckles, pepper spray and a knife were confiscated.
Another unannounced action at the Mott Haven school complex in the Bronx, where a fully charged .22 caliber pistol was found last week, revealed a steak knife and two cutters, sources said.
“If we’re going to tap into some of our local neighborhoods that just have that outside presence on the outside, we will. But one thing I’ll reassure you, Marcia, and the rest of New Yorkers, student safety is the NYPD’s number one priority, ”said department head Rodney Harrison.
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The new plan is to increase the exhausted ranks of security guards. The union says it has fallen to around 1,500, with NYPD neighborhood coordinators and youth community officers. It will also involve unannounced screenings and the use of cops to set up 20 safe corridors between transit centers and schools.
“It’s ‘Back to the future’. What do I mean by Back to the Future? Last year, before the police movement was fully funded, police worked hand in hand with school security officers, ”said Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237.
Floyd accuses the changes are only cosmetic to make parents believe things will get better, only to find guns and violent incidents, like the knife seen on video in the hand of a teenager at Harry S High School Truman, will be a thing of the past.
He is not even satisfied with a promise to hire 250 more security guards.
“Let’s see. We’re 1,500 short. They’re going to hire 250. So if he hired another 1,250, we’d be maxed out,” Floyd said.
The mayor didn’t answer Kramer’s question when she asked if more full-time scanners were needed, and the Education Department didn’t even tell her how many schools had them. The union said there were 88 schools with permanent scanners. There are 520 high schools in the city.