Safe corridors a dead end?
Posted in the Trumbull Forum
#1 Jan 2, 2013
BRIDGEPORT The districts new safe-corridors program isnt working half as well as organizers would like because not enough volunteers are stepping forward to be the eyes and ears of the district.
A number of residents say its because parents, like their children, are afraid of retribution if they report a crime.
Youre going to get somebody killed, said Clyde Nicholson, a local resident.
School board member Sauda Baraka echoed the sentiment, saying the program is putting citizens in a precarious situation and could turn them into targets.
Shively Willingham, in charge of security for the school district, said the program instituted in response to a string of deadly shootings in the city this year and long before last weeks tragic school shooting in Newtown is better than nothing and needs a chance to work.
We are trying to make the path to school safer, said Willingham.We have to do something If it doesnt work we will re-examine it.
Until he arrived last January, Willingham said the district had no organized way to make sure students had safe routes to school through some very tough neighborhoods.
Since: Aug 10
#2 Jan 3, 2013
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