A group of parents in the Big Apple filed a lawsuit this week against Mayor Bill de Blasio and his School Chancellor for their refusal to re-open some classrooms; saying the decision is causing depression and suicidal thoughts among some students.
“Nearly two dozen New York City public school parents are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio and his schools chancellor Meisha Porter in an attempt to force the full return of in-person learning before the end of the school year,” reports Gothamist.
“On the days they’re in person they’re thriving, they look energized and inspired,” Natalya Murakhver, the group’s leader, said. “On days they’re doing remote they look glazed, like zombies.”
“More than half of the city’s schools are now offering in-person instruction five days a week, according to the Department of Education, though it’s unclear how many students are actually attending school on a full-time basis. Around 315,000 students are learning in school buildings at least some of the week, with another 51,000 kids set to return on April 26th,” adds Gothamist.
“We have more students in classrooms than any other city in America, and all of our schools are open for in-person learning, with the majority offering in-person learning 5 days a week,” a mayoral spokesperson said in a statement. “It’s clear that New York City has set the reopening gold standard for districts across the country, and we will review this suit when it’s filed.”
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NYC SPIRALS: 112 Injured By Gunfire in 9 Days, Local Says ‘Haven’t Seen Anything Like This in My Life’
Violence and gunfire continued to plague New York City since anti-police protests started back in June, with authorities confirming more than 100 people have been shot in the last 9 days.
“There have been 112 victims in 83 shootings over a nine-day period ending Saturday, according to police. Most of those shot were expected to survive, but at least six people have died in the past week and others suffered serious or critical injuries,” reports 1010Wins.
The NYPD on Sunday released this info detailing the nine-day stretch of shootings.
Friday, 6/19 – 8 shooting incidents with 9 victims.
Saturday, 6/20 -18 shooting incidents with 24 victims.
Sunday, 6/21 – 2 shooting incidents with 5 victims.
Monday, 6/22 – 11 shooting incidents with 17 victims.
Tuesday, 6/23 – 10 shooting incidents with 10 victims.
Wednesday, 6/24 – 3 shooting incidents with 5 victims.
Thursday, 6/25 – 5 shooting incidents with 8 victims.
Friday, 06/26 – 9 incidents with 10 victims.
Saturday, 06/27 – 17 incidents with 24 victims.
“It has just been ridiculous how it has taken place, because we saw a serious decline over a five year period and we have working relationships to work with our police department with their community policing,” said one local leader in Brooklyn. “Now look at what we’re faced with. I have not seen anything like this in my entire life living here in New York.”
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NYC SPIRALS: 7 People Shot in 10 MINUTES in Separate Brooklyn Shootings
New York City continued to struggle with an uptick in gun crime in the wake of anti-police protests in all five boroughs, with seven people shot within 10 minutes in separate incidents in Brooklyn.
“Seven people were wounded in three shootings just 10 minutes apart Monday night in different Brooklyn neighborhoods,” reports the NY Post. “The gunplay started at about 10:40 p.m. on Bainbridge Street near Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant.”
“I could see she was breathing, but she wasn’t moving,” said one eyewitness.
“The city reported 40 shootings last week — the most in a week since 2015. In the same time period in 2019, there were 24 shootings,” adds the Post.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Source: NY Post