Lorelei Pagen, a junior, and Zoe Ntouvas, a sophomore, are reporters on the Francis Lewis HS pupil information web site, flhsnews.com, which revealed an earlier model of this text.
For youngsters strolling to and from faculty, what must be baby’s play can shortly flip into our worst nightmare.
This month, on Nov. 11, Mark Greene, 18, was shot and killed close to North Queens Group Excessive College. On Oct. 26, a 14-year-old was shot within the ankle close to Tottenville Excessive College in Staten Island. On April 27, two Francis Lewis Excessive College college students had been severely injured in a drive-by taking pictures within the Recent Meadows space. On April 8, Angellyh Yambo, an honors pupil, was strolling house from her faculty within the South Bronx when she was shot and killed, whereas two classmates had been wounded.
At the least 40 youngsters and youngsters have been shot this 12 months, some whereas commuting to and from faculty. Most teenagers don’t assume twice when asking their buddies to hang around or get a slice of pizza after lessons. Now, many New York Metropolis teenagers are questioning if they’re protected en route.
“Going to or from faculty shouldn’t be one thing that I ought to concern for my life. We should always all have the ability to commute freely with out the added concern of getting harm and even dying,” stated sophomore Amaris Olazabal.
She’s taking precautions. “I’ve change into extra alert to my environment. I attempt to decrease the locations I am going to. I attempt to go searching to get a more in-depth take a look at the place I’m.”
The drive-by taking pictures on April 27 hit too near house for Francis Lewis college students when two classmates had been struck about 4:10 p.m. on 188th Road close to sixty fourth Avenue — a procuring space well-known and visited by many.
On the 2 faculty days following the taking pictures, NYPD security division officers introduced metallic detectors into the college foyer.
“There was a line to enter the college together with police and metallic detectors inside,” stated sophomore Thea Boumakis. “I felt a bit of safer than I might on a traditional day, understanding that there was further safety after a horrific occasion close to us. I don’t assume it’s essential to maintain them completely, however on that day and the day after it was comforting.”
Cities throughout the nation are scuffling with the identical issues as teenagers get caught within the crossfire. The Washington, DC faculty districts deployed extra adults to observe college students on their commutes and bolstered safety.
“I believe that there must be a rise in management round this faculty space,” Olazabal stated. “We are able to have extra safety guards within the entrance of the college to make it protected to enter or go away the constructing.”
New York Metropolis has skilled a spike in violent crimes, endangering college students and school greater than ever.
“I’ve to take sure precautions that I shouldn’t should,” sophomore Loren Kim stated of her commute. “Being protected whereas strolling house must be assured and it’s unhappy that it has change into one thing folks have to consider.”
Strolling isn’t the one hazard. There’s been an increase in violent incidents on public transportation.
On April 12, a person disguised as a building employee on a Brooklyn subway automobile in the course of the early morning rush set off smoke bombs and opened fireplace, wounding 29 riders – together with 4 college students commuting to high school.
On Oct. 15, a 15-year-old boy was shot to dying after faculty on the A prepare in Far Rockaway, allegedly by an 18-year-old when two teams of teenagers began combating. His killing was amongst 9 homicides within the subway system in 2022 up to now, probably the most in 25 years.
“I believe it’s actually regarding that society is slowly turning into an increasing number of unsafe, and that teenagers are having a better time accessing harmful weapons,” junior Sophia Park stated.
In response to the New York Submit, violence is up in nearly each space of New York Metropolis. Regardless of crime charges hovering over 100% in some areas, it nonetheless hasn’t stopped dad and mom from letting their youngsters stroll to high school on their very own.
“I believe they’re a bit of bit nervous however they haven’t prevented me from strolling or had any severe discussions with me about it, as a result of they know I are typically very protected on the street,” junior Serra Parabdin stated. “I take a very peaceable route to high school, it’s only a bunch of homes.”
Junior Zara Masudova stated to her dad and mom “simply inform me to watch out and activate the placement on my telephone to allow them to verify the place I’m.”
Sadly, many victims of those neighborhood crimes are harmless bystanders, like Angellyh Yambo, 16, who was fatally shot within the chest on April 8 whereas strolling house from College Prep Constitution HS within the South Bronx, together with two different college students, each 17, shot within the leg and buttocks. A 16-year-old accused of opening fireplace in a conflict with reputed gang members are charged with homicide and tried homicide.
“I heard on the information that the sufferer was strolling and was shot randomly, which might have occurred to anybody,” Olazabal stated. “As a walker myself, I used to be scared.”