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Brookbit: Stabbing on Fifth St. in Park Slope

September 16th, 2008 · 4 Comments

There was a stabbing at Fifth Street and Seventh Avenue yesterday around 3:30PM that is said to have involved students at John Jay High School. Details about the incident are otherwise sketchy.–GL Inbox

Tags: Crime · Park Slope

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  • 1 Brenda from Flatbush // Sep 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    The John Jay kids are a terror; we avoid 7th Ave. during after-school hours. Last time we tried to shop around 3, my daughter emerged from the fish store at 3rd St. and 7th Aves. into a melee, girls shrieking and rolling in the street, pummelling each other, pulling out hair extensions, and screeching curses like hookers tumbling out of a paddywagon, while their buddies looked on in delight and captured the whole scene on cell phones. The police arrived with a weary air, as if this were a regular occurrence. On ‘good’ days the kids merely curse and push folks off the sidewalks.
    Gosh, isn’t this the new “improved” John Jay, the one they broke up into new “centers of excellence”?

  • 2 Korla Pundit // Sep 16, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Why was this school for the worst kids in town centered in Park Slope. Not one kid in that school lives anywhere nearby. Not a one. We have become the modern-day Botany Bay.

    They might as well cut to the chase, and build a prison here instead. At least then the thugs would be kept mostly inside.

  • 3 Teacher at "John Jay" // Sep 21, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    If Brenda avoids 7th ave. during after school hours, how does she know about “good days” or bad days? As a teacher at one of the schools within “John Jay,” I’m both proud of my students and my school. I wonder if many people would notice any difference in our students’ behaviors if their skin color was different. I seem to agree with Brenda but I find this behavior occurring long after “John Jay” kids are ushered out of the neighborhood. Amid strollers, Park Slope teenagers and pre-adolescents make walking the sidewalks tough. Why are our students treated differently?

    Park Slope families have been given many opportunities to see the fantastic work that goes on inside the school. It seems that more attention is instead focused on small incidents that go on outside the school. I wonder if a reputation can ever be changed? With seemingly so many Park slope residents reticent to expect better of our schools, the schools may have to follow our students’ lead: ignore the stares while FAR outperforming their outdated expectations.

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