Troubling Safety Issues Around SPS High Schools
There are so many deeply disturbing elements to this story that overlap with other stories.
- The wounded boy in this case will not talk to the police.
- From the article:
"Meanwhile, parents and neighbors are concerned about a rash of some 30 assaults and thefts that have occurred near Garfield since the school reopened this fall after a two-year renovation.
Those incidents, not all of which have been confirmed by police, were discussed at a meeting of the East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition on Oct. 23."
- A girl who earlier this year attended Ingraham High School (her mother pulled her out because of gang threats) was murdered in early October and her body found in Lake Ballinger. The police suspect some sort of gang ties.
- As I previously reported, Roosevelt had 3 assault/robberies in early October also believed to be committed by gang members.
The Mayor has already proposed a $9M initiative to curb gang activity. I note that the meeting to discuss the violence around Garfield was at the police station and not at the district. There is nothing on the News and Calendars page of the district website nor anything in the Daily Bulletin at Garfield for Monday about this issue. Maybe the Garfield PTSA is discussing it.
I'm just surprised that the district isn't speaking up about joining the Mayor's effort. I'm surprised that the district isn't saying that it is tracking incidents, possibly cross-referencing incidents at high schools and sharing information with the police. I'm surprised that there isn't an announcement of high school assemblies about how teens can become more aware and street-smart.
The District may be doing some or all of these things but if they are, why don't we know about it?