Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shooting Takes Place Outside of Geoffrey Canada’s School in New York

Your Black World reports

A 15-year old has been charged with a shooting that took place outside a highly-respected charter school in Harlem.  Police are saying that the incident was captured on video as well. 

The boy has been held on $75,000 bail.  Noted educator Geoffrey Canada runs the Promise Academy School where the alleged incident took place. 

“I'm pleased that the police made an arrest and this young person will have to deal with the criminal justice system,” Canada said.

“I'm never happy to see a young boy or girl end up in the criminal justice system, but we can't have folks out using weapons.”

The teenager is going to be charged as a juvenile, but is being prosecuted in adult court.  He was caught on camera shooting a gun into a crowd after an argument last Tuesday.  Kenneth Taylor, an 18-year old, was shot in the shoulder but is expected to make a full recovery.

Another camera caught the shooter and his friends running into a nearby building.  The gun was found by detectives after the shooter allegedly passed it on to a friend.

The boy did not attend Promise Academy, but was a student in an after-school program run by Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone.  The zone services 10,000 children.   Canada spoke to students about the incident and about their safety.

“We've got a lot of work to do in our community,” he said.

“The challenge with a handgun is they often use them and don't know the consequences. It's extremely important that we solve these crimes and we need to make sure the punishment fits the crime.”

“It's a national crisis,” he said. “We're going to need some help to change some of these laws that allow folks to buy multiple weapons and ship them to Harlem.”

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