School Safety Report Indicates Breaks Down Crimes in City Schools

NY1 got a copy of a school safety report that shows which city schools had the most crimes and the most guns found from July 10 to December 10, 2023.

The study said that the safest high schools in New York City were Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan and Tottenville High School on Staten Island. During that time, each school recorded a total of eight incidents.

With four cases, the High School of Fashion Industries in Chelsea had the most major crimes, which include murder, rape, assault, burglary, grand theft, and grand theft auto. The New York Police Department (NYPD) counts murder, rape, robbery, assault, and sex offenses as violent crimes. Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant had the most reports, with five.

NY1 did not get a list of all the events that happened in each school. Savannah Bowser, a junior at Tottenville High School, said she feels safe at school and appreciates the work of school safety officers.

Bowser said, “I think they do a good job making things stop and dealing with them, but I feel like a lot of kids don’t take it seriously enough to stop.”

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After a class of 250 potential agents had to be canceled because of money issues, the president of Local 237, which serves school safety officers, said that more agents are needed.

The report said that the school with the most guns found was Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood. In the 10 months from July 1 to December 10, police took away 64 guns, which is almost 107% more than the same time in 2022. A kid who is 15 years old was stabbed in the stomach at Murrow High School last week. He was taken to a hospital nearby and was thought to be getting better. That was one of three knife attacks last week in city schools.

A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education, Jenna Lyle, told NY1 that their team works hard every day to make sure that their schools are safe places for kids to be, full of loving adults and friends who cheer them on. “Every day, our school leaders work with NYPD School Safety Agents and programs like Project Pivot to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students in all five boroughs and neighborhoods.”

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