BX teachers, students split on whether new safety plan is curbing violence

It's been almost a month since the mayor implemented a new safety plan to stop school violence, but not everyone agrees it's working.

Mayor Bloomberg's safety initiative is aimed at making schools safer by increasing security at schools deemed most violent. Out of the 12 most violent schools citywide, five are in the Bronx. The plan also includes stricter suspension procedures.

One of the school's labeled most violent in the Bronx is Evander Childs High School. A teacher at the school says she feels the situation at the school has gotten worse because students are showing animosity. The teacher claims that on the second floor there is no security, and just Tuesday she witnessed a student getting mugged outside of her classroom.

As for the students, they say they are just trying to survive. They say you have to just go to class, not speak to anyone and keep your head down while walking through the hallways. But some do believe the fighting in the school has changed while others say they have not noticed any change.

The teachers' union, United Federation of Teachers, is now putting pressure on the city to coordinate and organize the mayor's safety initiative. The union says the plan seems to be working in some schools but not in others.

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