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Council pushes for increased school safety

January 1, 2013 8:15:04 PM PST
The Staten Island Community Education Council leaders say New York isn't doing enough to prevent another mass shooting and they say the solution isn't just putting armed guards in schools.

They have a number of ideas and they say they're frustrated that the mayor and school board aren't listening.

The New York City Schools' Chancellor sent parents a letter saying that putting an armed guard in every school building is not the answer. Our schools are safer today than they've been in more than a decade.

Parents say New York must do more to make sure that's true.

Mary Albero's a Staten Island high school senior. She says schools teach her and fellow students to dive for cover when an active shooter attacks and that most students think that's not enough.

"I don't think it would keep us safe. They aren't planning for time, people hid in closets. Good ideas won't save 400 kids sitting under a desk," Albero said.

Sam Pirozollo's is Staten Island's Community Education Council President and is pushing a resolution demanding better security now.

"It's not we want guns in school, but layers of protection to slow someone down," Pirozollo said.

Fellow council member and retired NYPD Lieutenant Mike Reilly want a buzzer entry systems security cameras and retired police patrols.

"Plain Clothes officers would have firearms and they wouldn't be seen by students or staff, there wouldn't be the fear of seeing an armed guard in school," Reilly said.

The New York City School Board says the Community Education Councils aren't responsible for school safety and it's not considering their proposal.

"We don't have the power. Parents are the power, if we can get parents to see together one voice we need to bring message out," the board said.

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