Recommendations to reduce New Rochelle violence presented to Board of Ed

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Recommendations to reduce violence in New Rochelle were presented to the school district's Board of Education Wednesday.

The meeting at City Hall comes four months after a string of violence plagued New Rochelle, including one incident ending with a high school student fatally stabbed near a coffee shop. Four teens are now charged in connection to the death.

A task force of parents, teachers, students and community members was formed following the incident to look for ways to enhance security and reduce violence.

One of the major things the task force is recommending is that an armed school resource officer be assigned to New Rochelle High School.

Some parents disagree on whether there should be an armed guard. 

"An armed security guard? Totally against it," says Donna Harris-West. "There could be a scuffle and the gun could accidentally go off."

The 36-page report of recommendations also includes things like updating the district's policies, and requiring students to wear ID badges used to swipe in and out of high school.

"Training of school staff, training of students is just something that has to be a focus," says Jonathon Brice, chairman of the New Rochelle Task Force.

The New Rochelle Board of Education is taking the recommendations into consideration before making a decision on what actions are needed to improve safety at the high school.

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