Safe corridors a dead end?

Safe corridors a dead end?

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Edison, NJ

#1 Jan 2, 2013
BRIDGEPORT — The district’s new safe-corridors program isn’t 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 it’s because parents, like their children, are afraid of retribution if they report a crime.

“You’re 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 week’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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#2 Jan 3, 2013
Very interesting.

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