Ave X School to Get The Ax?

According to an article in the NY Daily News, the principal of John Dewey High School at 50 Ave X warned teachers that the school is in danger of being shut down, but some teachers would rather see the principal gone, instead.

News reports indicate that on February 6, 2009, after an evening Valentine’s Day party held at the school, Nygiar Blunt alledgedly attacked a school safety officer with a blunt object — a fist.

A day before the incident occurred, Principal Barry Fried told Dewey teachers that  Chancellor Joel Klein had warned about the school being split up as a result of security and safety issues. After an incident last year reported in the NY Times City Room, where a student was seen on campus with a gun, the principal came under criticism for not installing metal detectors.

If breaking a school up into smaller ones, under the same roof, is the only way to deal with security issues, then the students — many who are from the Kings Highway, Homecrest, and Gravesend areas — who call the building “school” may soon find themselves partitioned.


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