NEW YORK, July 20 (Xinhua) -- After months of shooting around neighborhood, officials of an intermediate school located at New York's Long Island decided Monday night to close the school in September.
At an emergency meeting, officials narrowly approved the closing by a 4 to 3 vote, siding with parents who said they feared for the safety of their children.
According to local residents, at least three gun shooting incidents happened in last eight months. In spite of stepped up police patrols around the school area, administrators of the school still want to shutter it, siding with parents' increasing concern of the children's safety.
Despite the violence, some parents have argued against the closing, saying that shutting down the school was tantamount to the school district abandoning the neighborhood.
"There has been a lot of violence in Huntington Station, but I don't think closing down the school will change that. Even they take the kids out and bring them to other school, they still have to come back here to live. And most of the violence come out at night, so I think there should be something else to do," Stephanie, local resident told Xinhua on Tuesday.
The decision to shutter the school came in spite of stepped up police patrols in the area, and the 340 sixth graders will be moved to other district buildings.