Parents call on DOE to ramp up safety after guns are seized in Bronx, Brooklyn schools
Three guns at three different schools across the Bronx and Brooklyn were seized on Wednesday, bringing the number to a total of five weapons seized in two days. Now, parents are calling on the Department of Education to ramp up their safety efforts.
Parents tell News 12 they received an email from Herman Ridder School officials on Thursday notifying them that the entire campus was on lockdown in the morning, due to a student having a weapon.
In an email provided to News 12 by concerned parents, school officials say that police responded to the school Thursday morning and that it was placed on lockdown for 20 minutes.
School officials tell News 12 the weapon was immediately confiscated and that no one was injured.
The New York City School Safety Coalition tells News 12 that a loaded gun was found by school safety officials and that another gun was seized on Thursday at Van Buren High School in Queens.
The Department of Education released a statement saying, “Weapons of any kind have absolutely no place in our schools, and our outstanding School Safety Agents swiftly and safely recovered these items during screenings, ensuring that all students and staff are safe. All protocols were followed, and we are working closely with NYPD regarding follow-up actions.”
The New York City School Safety Coalition tells News 12 that it plans to meet Friday at 12:30 p.m. with concerned parents in front of the New Roots Community Farm to urge the city to come up with some solutions and keep guns out of schools.