HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (WPIX)—The Huntington School Board voted to close Jack Abrams Intermediate School, after an emergency meeting last night. The 4-3 vote means that 360 schoolchildren in grades 4, 5, and 6 will be moved to other schools, when classes begin in September.
The emergency board session was held, after a series of violent incidents in a nine day period in the surrounding community of Huntington Station.
Suffolk County legislator, John Cooper, told PIX 11 News that between July 4 and July 13, four different events took place close to the school. In one incident, a teen was shot and killed. In the second, two other youths were shot. Two other people were stabbed in a third incident. Then, last week on July 11th, a 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg, after leaving a house party on Allison Court. The shooting took place just yards away from the Administrative offices of the Huntington School Board.
The community is split about closing the school. Former PTA President, Rebecca Sanin, told PIX 11 News it's a shame Jack Abrams is closing, because it was an "excellent school."
Legislator Cooper says there is an issue in nearby garden apartment units with some drug and gang violence, and he called on the Suffolk County Police Department to address the crime. Another parent said the violence never affected the day to day education programs at the school.