Mayor announces plans for random weapons checks at BX, city schools

? John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx is being put on the mayor?s Impact crime list, while Junior High School 22 is getting off the list.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NYC) made the announcement Thursday. The mayor also said that starting April 26, city middle and high school students will be randomly screened while those on the list will have permanent metal detectors on site. Bloomberg said crime fell 33 percent this school year in the most violent schools, but administrators still confiscated 307 weapons across the city.

The New York Civil Liberties Union is concerned the random screenings will infringe on public students? rights. The mayor counters parents will be informed about the possibility of random checks through letters and signs will be posted at facilities the day machines are there. Many parents are in favor of the plan, saying it will keep their children safe.

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