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Letter: Hempstead schools shortchange

Hempstead High School.

Hempstead High School. Credit: Joel Cairo

Hempstead Village and the surrounding communities of color, now known as the corridor, are under attack ["Consultant draws fire," News, Oct. 11]. President George W. Bush once referred to weapons of mass destruction. The weapons targeting the black and Latino communities of Nassau County are drugs, educational failure and guns.

Despite some areas of need and signs of disparity, there was always the sense that people could improve their positions in life. No matter where you lived or what your home looked like, we all benefited from a first-rate education system.

However, the history of the Hempstead school district and its school board is filled with so much drama! With a responsibility to do our best, we have settled for a 38 percent graduation rate.

In the 1970s, there began a steady and determined influx of drugs -- first marijuana, and then the more addictive crack cocaine. As if that were not enough, the corridor is now confronted with gun violence among adolescents and young adults. Where are the guns coming from?

What can be done? What weapon awaits us down the road if we don't take a stand today? We must stand for our community; we must stand for our children.

Patricia Fulton, North Baldwin

Editor's note: The writer graduated in 1969 from Hempstead High School.
 

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