Friday, May 12, 2006
Burglaries Rise After New Schools Open
The article below discusses how a normally peaceful neighborhood has been hit by a rash of burglaries since two new schools opened. All the break ins occurred during school hours. This reinforces my long held aversion towards living near middle or high schools. A friend of mine, a vice-principal of a Bay Area school, even told me about students who would ditch school to break into homes so that they could raise the cash necessary to buy pot. (After the students were caught, their parents held the school responsible, and caused the school no small amount of trouble.) I have to admit that this principal certainly came up with good spin. From the SF Chronic: If school's in session, so is crime: "Eric DeMeulenaere, the principal at Community High School, basically tossed gasoline on the fire when he sent neighborhood residents an e-mail suggesting the kids walking through the neighborhood could be members of the schools' volunteer programs doing good deeds in the community. "