(Above) About 200 to 300 teachers, parents and community members greet New Haven students with peace messages as the youngsters leave school in this Jan. 18 photo.
“Safety” and “anti-violence” are the buzz words these days in Union City, following the Dec. 21 shooting death of 14-year-old Vernon Eddins outside Barnard-White Middle School.
The incident has galvanized the community: There was the Jan. 7 forum called by the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition, the Jan. 18 “greet the students” event organized by the teachers union, and the series of New Haven school site council meetings to discuss student safety and campus security. (The last site council meeting will be tomorrow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary.)
Last, but not least, there’s tonight’s City Council meeting, where the Youth Violence Prevention Coalition will present a proposal for cracking down on violence and providing healthy activities for youths. The meeting will be preceded by a peace march from James Logan High to the Ruggieri Senior Center.
You can read more about tonight’s events in tomorrow’s paper.