City leaders take action to improve school security in Bronx and citywide

Recent acts of violence at BX and city schools prompts officials to take action.

At Richard Green Middle School 113, a student took pepper spray into school last week and many kids became sick. Students there say their classmates are still able to sneak banned material through side doors where they say security is light.

The citywide security problem left city leaders with no other choice but to create a school security plan. So far, the measures have not been put into effect but they are winning support.

Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, says the plan is a smart four-point program to put safety first and put kids first. She says she hopes the mayor listens.

The plan calls for public hearings on school security. The City Council also wants school security officers to report directly to the principal. In addition, City Council members say stricter disciplinary actions are needed as well as more security phones and alarm systems.

Parents agree something needs to be done, but say it needs to happen now.

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