Don’t arm teachers, say teens

Following the massacre last month at a Florida high school, the idea of arming teachers in classrooms has been floated by President Trump. This week a terroristic shooting threat directed at New Jersey schools this week prompted those schools to close. Town & Village intern Kristy Ye-Ling has asked her fellow high schoolers at School of the Future what they thought of arming teachers as a way to protect students.

Diego Winger, senior
Teachers are not soldiers or police. They don’t have the proper training, and they should just be dedicated to teaching students. If it gets to the point that schools need more defense, it is the school security that should be beefed up to a reasonable degree.

Aiden O’Sullivan, senior
I think that arming teachers is counterproductive to this goal of protecting people and that’s what everybody wants — fewer children dying in schools. Arming teachers with the same weapons that killed them in the first place creates a more hostile and unsafe environment and many kids don’t go to school because they have issues with authority. Feeling even more threatened won’t motivate them to come to school.

Barajas, senior
It’s unsafe because what if a student acts out and takes it out of their possession?

Opinion: Education reservations

By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

How many people remember Dan Domenech? He was named New York City Schools chancellor by a vote of the Board of Education after Rudy Crew left that position in 1999. His tenure lasted literally a few days.

That record was eclipsed last week with the announcement by Mayor de Blasio of Miami Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho to become the next chancellor. Mr. Carvalho inexplicably rescinded that agreement in less than 24 hours.

In the case of Mr. Domenech, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who did not much like him, pressured one of the members of the Board of Education to switch his vote and ultimately Harold Levy was chosen.

In those days, the seven-member New York City Board of Education made the selection of schools chancellor.

Continue reading

Man mugged at 23rd Street N/R subway stop

Mar15 mugging

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a mugger who told a victim he had a gun before demanding his money at the 23rd Street N/R subway station.

On Wednesday, February 28 at 10 p.m., the suspect approached a 32-year-old man while keeping his hand inside his jacket pocket. After telling him he had a gun, he robbed the victim, getting $10 in cash before fleeing the station. Police didn’t have the exact language of the man’s threat but noted that it was “expletive” laced.

The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall and 220 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, eyeglasses, a black hooded jacket, black pants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.