Community will heal following Newburgh homicides, says teachers association president

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One of the victims, Omani Free, 18,
was a senior at NFA

NEWBURGH – The killing of two young women at a Halloween party
last Sunday will not be the last in Newburgh, predicted Newburgh Teachers
Association President Stacy Moran.
She told Mid-Hudson News on Tuesday that students in Newburgh schools
will go through a healing process after these murders. One of the victims
was a senior at Newburgh Free Academy.
“Unfortunately, during my 19 years here, this is not the first
incident,” Moran said.  “We have had many over the years
and the schools will bring in counselors and do everything they can for
the children and that is going to be the focus, to make sure the children
will be okay.”
She said more funding for public schools is one component of the solution to the community’s problems.
“I can’t predict the future, but that is what I think –
fully funded schools and community schools especially will provide if
we have the services we need and they are fully funded, and the programs
we need,” Moran said. “That goes a long way to prevent tragedies
like this.”
The Newburgh school district has brought in counselors to talk to students and staff who seek out someone with an open ear.