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After Violence, a High School Tries to Regain Its Balance

Xiaoyi Situ, Writer

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Police were a new presence at New Rochelle High School after three violent incidents in January. Two students were stabbed and a third was attacked by a group of schoolmates. One of the students was stabbed inside a classroom. Another, Valaree Schwab, 16, was stabbed at Dunkin’ Donuts near school and died of her injuries. New Rochelle High School is a public school and it is located in the north of New York City. “It also has just one public high school, so the child of CEO could be in the same class as a homeless child.” said Reginald Richardson, the school principal. Last year, 25 percent of students at New Rochelle High School were black, 25 percent 

were white and 45 percent were Hispanic. Half of its students were poor. Even though, this school is very diverse but it is not always an integrated place. After the violence, the school become stricter, student bags were searched at random by school security, and a security firm has been hired to audit safety measures at the high school. But Brian Osborne, the districtsuperintendent, said that members of the New Rochelle community did not want to “police themselves out of this problem,” and were trying to be thoughtful in their response. The district has created a task force on reducing violence in the lives of young people, which will look beyond school to supporting children in other parts of their lives. It might look, for example, at whether mental health counselors are available 24 hours a day for those in crisis.

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