Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Washington and Pike Schools Put on High Alert for Gang Violence?

Blogger Diana Vice today reported that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has placed Washington and Pike Townships schools on high alert for gang violence:
According to an inside source, school police officers working at Washington and Pike Township Schools were put on high alert today for potential gang violence after the IMPD reportedly issued a warning that threats were made by gang members from North Central High School against gang members who are associated with the Pike Township high school.

This comes after school officials reportedly called on school police officers today to remove an alleged gang member from a Washington Township School.

Nerves have been on edge since threats of gang violence erupted at Northview Middle School a few weeks ago in an ongoing Black vs. Hispanic scenario.

According to a knowledgeable source, two students were recently arrested for bringing knives to the middle school. The student perpetrators were allegedly recruited by members of the notorious Latin King Gang and given the assignment to stab another student at Northview Middle School. Rumors have been circulating that the Northview Middle School incident may be related to an Indianapolis gang-murder investigation.
Vice continues on detailing the security problems in the Washington Township Schools that have gone on without being addressed by the administration.

Unfortunately the Washington Township administration has a reputation of being more concerned about its image than the welfare of the students. Pike has similiar problem - an administration out of touch with teachers, students and the community. The adminstrations of both school districts have a far too cozy relationship with their respective school board members. School boards should be a check on school administration, not a rubber stamp for whatever school leaders want to do.


Diana Vice said...

You're so right about the rubber stamp boards, Paul.

One officer told me today that the speculation is that a gang fight has been threatened for Thursday or Friday, but likely on Friday since it's the day before Spring Break. Hopefully, a few proactive measures will prevent it, but I sure wouldn't want to be a police officer at MSDWT. They've been neutered by the school administration. The kids now know they can speed through the high school zone, because officers can no longer make traffic stops. It's like the Wild West after school. Mervilde and Company must be proud.

Bob Cardwell said...

Is Chan. 59 getting ready to break the story about Securatex's upper management and their shady dealings and characters?

Paul K. Ogden said...

Don't know Bob. Diana might.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Good thing we have no gang violence in Decatur Schools. Our crafty Administration plans to get rid of the entire security department (well maybe they'll keep one officer), reportedly because 'we have security cameras, we don't need officers'.