It was interesting reading today's Daily News. Two completely separate stories were reported, one about crime in the subways, the other about lack of bullying incidents in the schools.. The first dealt with subway stations that have a high percentage of crime and the second story was on the lack of bullying complaints in the New York City schools. If you connect the two, its very obvious that the New York City school administrators are not reporting bullying incidents so as to keep up the fiction that their schools are safe and the students are respectful and obedient.
In the first article the Daily News reported that much of the crime that occurs in the subway stations occur around the 3pm hour and many of the incidents involved school children. The worst being the Broad Channel station which services the Rockaway Peninsula. Other stations that reported high afternoon crime was Broadway Junction in East New York and 125th Street in Harlem. Many of the stations that had a high percentage of crime were either on the Rockaway peninsula or in West Harlem. The 3pm hour coincides with school dismissals and the connection is undeniable.
In the second article in the Daily News was the lack of bullying incidents reported by the New York City schools. According to the newspaper an astonishing 80% of the schools reported no bullying incidents in the last school year. . Unbelievable but true. This includes Intermediate school 117 in the Bronx where a bullied teen stabbed one of his tormentors to death. We all know that bullying is common in schools, especially the middle and high schools. How can school administrators ignore bullying in their schools? Easy, you just don't report it since reporting bullying incidents will be penalized by the DOE on their school grade.
Let's see, according to 80% of the schools, there is no bullying going on and the students are "perfect angles" but somehow once they leave the schools some of these "perfect angels" in school commit criminal acts in the subway system. I guess if you believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy, you can believe that there is no connection between the two but the reality is that they are connected and this is a societal issue that needs to be addressed and hiding the problems by not reporting bullying and other incidents for fear of reducing the school's grade and reputation only puts all of us at risk in and out of our schools.