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Do more research on schools and gangs

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at Central Islip High School on Sept. 13, 2017, where he spoke about gangs and legislation he will propose to eradicate them. Credit: James Carbone

Hopefully, the apparently dedicated school officials in the Longwood and Huntington districts who oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to send state troopers into their schools are absolutely correct [“School rebuff,” News, Sept. 15].

The governor wants to prevent any scourge of gang activity, and the school officials insist that their buildings are safe and this unprecedented action is unnecessary.

As a retired public school teacher of 45 years, however, I know that administrators are notorious for painting rosy pictures. Anonymous teacher and staff surveys in the schools in question, and information from law enforcement on how these districts were chosen, would shed more light.

Fred Barnett, Lake Grove