Wednesday, April 10, 2019


State lawmaker wants answers to security at NFA

NEWBURGH – Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R, New Windsor) wants to know how a student at Newburgh Free Academy was able to bring a knife to school.

The 16-year-old had a serrated kitchen knife in his pants pocket on Monday and when the community resource officer, a Newburgh city cop, attempted to take it away, there was a apparent tussle and the officer sustained several lacerations to his hand, which required hospital treatment.

Newburgh school district officials were mum about the incident on Tuesday, but Schmitt wants answers.

“I definitely think that we need to see the particulars in this case,” he told Mid-Hudson News. “I am going to be looking into it, and I already spoke to law enforcement in my district about how something like this could happen given the security protocols that are known to be in place. It is something that is of concern and I think it is a concern to anyone who is in charge of protecting school buildings and is being looked at very closely.”

Schmitt said he has been talking with fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to see what can be done to provide further protection to schools across the state.


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