How walking to and from NYC schools has become a deadly nightmare for some

How walking to and from NYC schools has become a deadly nightmare for some

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 ought to be little one’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 capturing 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 very 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 associates to hang around or get a slice of pizza after courses. Now, many New York Metropolis teenagers are questioning if they’re secure en route. 

Angellyh Yambo, an honors pupil, was strolling house from College Prep Constitution HS within the South Bronx when she was shot and killed on April 8. manuel.yambo/Fb

“Going to or from faculty shouldn’t be one thing that I ought to worry for my life. We should always all have the ability to commute freely with out the added worry of getting damage and even dying,” stated sophomore Amaris Olazabal.

She’s taking precautions. “I’ve grow to be 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 have a look at  the place I’m.”

The drive-by capturing 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 Avenue close to sixty fourth Avenue — a buying space well-known and visited by many.

On the 2 faculty days following the capturing, NYPD security division officers introduced steel detectors into the varsity foyer. 

Two different college students, each 17, suffered gun wound accidents whereas strolling from College Prep Constitution HS.rfaraino

“There was a line to enter the varsity together with police and steel detectors inside,” stated sophomore Thea Boumakis. “I felt somewhat safer than I might on a standard day, figuring out that there was additional 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 watch college students on their commutes and bolstered safety.

“I believe that there ought to be a rise in management round this faculty space,” Olazabal stated. “We are able to have extra safety guards within the entrance of the varsity to make it secure to enter or depart the constructing.”

New York Metropolis has skilled a spike in violent crimes, endangering college students and school greater than ever. 

At the very least 40 youngsters and youngsters have been shot this 12 months, some whereas commuting to and from faculty.
Helayne Seidman

“I’ve to take sure precautions that I shouldn’t need to,” sophomore Loren Kim stated of her commute. “Being secure whereas strolling house ought to be assured and it’s unhappy that it has grow to be one thing individuals 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 automotive throughout the early morning rush set off smoke bombs and opened fireplace, wounding 29 riders – together with 4 college students commuting to highschool.

On Oct. 15, a 15-year-old boy was shot to demise after faculty on the A practice 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 to this point, essentially the most in 25 years.

New York Metropolis has skilled a spike in violent crimes, endangering college students and school greater than ever. Stephen Yang

“I believe it’s actually regarding that society is slowly changing into increasingly unsafe, and that teenagers are having a better time accessing harmful weapons,” junior Sophia Park stated. 

In response to the New York Put up, 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 mother and father from letting their children stroll to highschool on their very own.

 “I believe they’re somewhat 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 secure on the highway,” junior Serra Parabdin stated. “I take a very peaceable route to highschool, it’s only a bunch of  homes.” 

Regardless of crime charges hovering over 100% in some areas of NYC, some mother and father nonetheless let their children stroll to highschool on their very own.
Helayne Seidman

Junior Zara Masudova stated to her mother and father “simply inform me to watch out and activate the placement on my cellphone to allow them to examine 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 may have occurred to anybody,” Olazabal stated. “As a walker myself, I used to be scared.”  

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