Seems that the NAACP has forgotten what the second A is supposed to stand for.....this type of hysteria advances NOTHING. The same could be said for the refusal of the neighborhood around ETHS to support the Safe Zone around the high school. The people that directly suffer most from the gang activity, gun violence, assorted thuggery and all sorts of assaults on basic quality of life are the residents of the neighborhood around ETHS. There are several concrete events that would make a huge difference:
- If the community would truly cooperate with local law enforcement, and point in the direction of where the drug dealing is going on, the gangs hiding illegal guns, and who the perpetrators are when they are victims of criminal activity, EPD could focus on getting the rotten element off of the streets.
- If the City would aggressively enforce building codes and see that the housing stock was properly maintained, illegal dwelling eliminated, etc it would help both the quality of living, and perhaps help to return a level of pride to the neighborhood.
- A police substation across from the ETHS would help alot....look at the benefit from the Howard St. substation.
- How about focusing the next class for EPD Citizen Police Academy to expressly be made up of West Side residents as the starting point for the creation of a neighborhood watch and perhaps including a junior group from ETHS
- Restore the ETHS rifle team to permit those whom are interested in guns and shooting to learn about them under supervision and take the mystique out of firearms. How many residents are aware that ETHS has a firing range already built on the property.