The Bill de Blasio/Carmen Farina narrative that our schools are safe has been shown to ring hollow. Weapon confiscations have skyrocketed and staff and students feel more unsafe. Previously I wrote posts about the school safety issue and you can find it Here and Here.
Now NY1 has an article about safety transfers and found that the official numbers were disturbing and the article believes it was severely under counted. According to the article the top five schools that had the most safety transfers were as follows:
Life Science Secondary HS.........18
Bronx Leadership Academy........17
Health Opportunities HS............14
Remember, to even apply for a safety transfer the student and or parent must actually file a police report.
But the transfer numbers provided to NY1 do not tell the whole story. In the 2015-2016 year, students had to produce a police report showing they were the victim of a crime just to request a transfer.
Therefore, many students who are bullied, subject to gang violence, or who have been physically or verbally assaulted, keep it to themselves and never report the danger to the school administration, police, or their parents.
After the stabbing and death of a student at the Urban Assembly School For Wildlife Conservation High School in the Bronx. Up to 30 student asked for a safety transfer at the school. How many will actually get on.e? According to the DOE, all of them, we will see if that turns out to be true Since the school stabbing and killing happened in the 2017-18 school year, it was not included in the NY1 article.
Until Bill de Blasio and Carmen Farina confront the truth the schools are increasingly unsafe, students will be asking for safety transfers as they refuse to be bullied, subject to gang violence, and physically threatened with little corrective actions from school administration.