Bed-Stuy community rallies against gun violence

February 15, 2013 1:15:13 PM PST
They came to school early - kids and parents, teachers and administrators - to fight for their own safety.

"My son should not come home saying his day was interrupted because he had to take cover," Racquel Hampton said.

"This is not what we want. This is not what we anticipate for the lives of our children," Patricia Cousar said.

They are the community of success academy, a charter school in bed-stuy. Lately, the school has been besieged by a nearly daily diet of gun violence.

"I am outraged. It has to stop," Principal Monica Burress said.

Burress has initiated lockdown after lockdown over the past two weeks. To avoid scaring the kids she calls them drills, but there have a lot of drills.

Gunfire is nothing new in this neighborhood; in fact Success Academy sits right across the street from the infamous Marcy houses. But people who know this neighborhood say there's no precedent for this: five daylight shootings in the past eight school days. That's five lockdowns, when kids here were trying to learn.

"It was last Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and of this week Monday and Wednesday" Burress said.

"All we're trying to do is make sure that children in Bed-Stuy get a great education. And we can't do that if everybody is scared and in danger," Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy, said.

Since the most recent incident, the NYPD trucked in a surveillance unit. There are cameras and cops everywhere, but this school community says they'll be keeping the pressure on as they wonder how much longer they can literally dodge the bullet.

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