2005-03-25 / Editorial/Opinion

BCHS Must Become An ‘Impact School’

More than 20 arrests were made at Beach Channel High School last week. You probably have not heard about all of the police activity at the school. That is because the school’s principal wants it that way. In fact, we believe that Principal David Morris would be happier if all of the New York City Police Officers just disappeared and he could then get his arrest and assault numbers down. We don’t want that, however, and neither should the public, especially the parents of the young adults who attend Beach Channel High School. In fact, we want just the opposite. We want Beach Channel High School to become of the Department of Education’s “Impact Schools,” schools that are flooded with cops until the arrest and assault numbers to down. A little more than a year ago, Far Rockaway High School was made one of the city’s first Impact Schools. The school was flooded with cops and school security agents. In less than a year, criminal acts in the school were down nearly 80 percent and the school came off the list. It has been notably quieter ever since. While some worry that more cops mean more young people placed into the justice system, we believe that more cops simply mean a more peaceful environment where those who do not want to disrupt can learn. The Department of Education should take a close and realistic look at Beach Channel High School. This is not a question of public relations, spin or cover your tail. This is for the safety of your children. There is no downside to becoming an Impact School for a school that has had 20 arrests in the past week. There is no place to go but up.  

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