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Zero tolerance

Police get tough near Schenectady school

Zero-tolerance policy is response to recent afternoon violence

As school lets out for the day, Mont Pleasant Middle School parent Bharath Arjoon, right, walks his daughter Anita, an 8th-grader, to the family car on Tuesday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
As school lets out for the day, Mont Pleasant Middle School parent Bharath Arjoon, right, walks his daughter Anita, an 8th-grader, to the family car on Tuesday afternoon.
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Police are now enforcing a zero-tolerance policy near Mont Pleasant Middle School in an attempt to get students to behave. After dismissal, roving groups of students have gotten into fights, thrown rocks at cars and houses and in one case kicked in a window and broke into a house to attack the occupant. Until now, police have simply sent students on their way, citing department policy of not arresting 12-year-olds for minor crimes. Now that ...


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wmarincic
October 23, 2013
6:21 a.m.

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This is what Political Correctness and Liberalism causes. I got in trouble with another kid in 6th grade, the teacher took a yard stick and smacked us both pretty hard and we sat down and quit fooling around. I never fooled around in class again. The other kids father called my grandfather and complained that the teacher hit us and wanted my grandfather to complain at the school with him. My grandfather said no and proceeded to get a switch off the lilac tree to spank my butt again. BTW, the other kid, his name is Terry, he is confined to Attica State Prison, doing twenty to life.

hodgkins.t
October 23, 2013
9:12 a.m.

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Great story wmarincic, but as Dr. King might say, violence begets violence; what these kids need is LOVE. Where are the ministers? They should meet these kids after school.

JIMOCONNOR
October 23, 2013
11:18 a.m.

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Need to commend police department's measured response, as well as its straightforward communication about its juvenile offender policies. Great effort. Thank you.

At one time, Forest Road's two schools, Pleasant Valley, and Mont Pleasant High could have served as back drop for the movie BLACKBOARD JUNGLE. We had ethnic diversity, rival gangs, under and overachievers, shave tail and d.a. hair cuts, Lucky Strikes packs rolled up in t-shirt sleeves, poodle skirts and crinolines. Not everyone got along. Some of us made out quite well. Some didn't. Why? Its not my place to say.

I just want my fellow baby boomer senior citizen tax payers to remember, we too had our moments.

tracyprebish
October 23, 2013
6:07 p.m.

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Hey Kathleen, the mob was "dispersed," not "disbursed." Disbursing them would just encourage this behavior!

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