Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Berkeley High Cracks Down on Crime

By Rachel Swan
Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

A spate of firearm incidents must have put Berkeley High administrators on edge, because they decided to crack down this school year. According to the Daily Cal, the school has decided to report such crimes as robbery and gun possession to the Berkeley police department, rather than just handling them in-house. The new policy is partly a reaction to parent complaints and all the bad publicity that followed last year's campus crime spike. It's also an alternative to several proposed "security enhancements," like lockdowns and metal detectors, which don't necessarily hew to Berkeley's pacific ethos. In an interview with Daily Cal reporter Weiru Fang, director of student services Susan Craig insisted that the school's intent is not to criminalize students, but to promote safety. Now let's see if they can do anything about those parties.

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