Rochester, NY - The City School District has worked out a temporary plan to cut down on the number of high school students who travel through downtown Rochester, following Monday's incident in which a shot was fired after students started fighting.
This, after Mayor Tom Richards called the heads of the School District and the Transportation Authority into his office together with Police Chief James Sheppard, and told them the current arrangement can't continue.
The district uses transit buses for the older students, which leads to hundreds of students from different schools mingling at the Liberty Pole where passengers have to transfer between the different bus routes. Fights have often broken out there like the one that led to Monday's gunfire. The School District spent Wednesday hammering out a short term plan to keep as many students out of downtown as possible.
Where possible, students will be assigned to crosstown buses that bypass downtown. For students who must transfer downtown, the district will send School Resource Officers to the Liberty Pole stop. These are police officers who work directly in the various high schools and know the individual students. They'll supervise and reduce the chance of trouble.
The School District said this can be implemented immediately, but a long term solution still needs to be worked out.