on steel pipe article article NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s mayor on Wednesday ordered city police to close two major public schools in the wake of a string of shootings, including a shooting last week in which a 16-year-old boy was killed and another teen wounded.
The mayor said in a statement that New York is moving quickly to protect the health and safety of its residents, and he directed his department to close the schools at 1 p.m.
(1400 GMT) on Wednesday and Thursday.
The shootings happened on Wednesday, March 12, the mayor’s office said.
The city’s schools are a public forum, and schools are open to the public.
The schools will reopen on Thursday, the statement said.
“In light of the recent tragedies and the heightened concern over school safety, the city is asking the community to work together to make sure we do everything we can to ensure that every child in our city has a safe, secure, and healthy environment,” the statement from the mayor said.
“We ask that residents in the community continue to work with us to address the needs of students and staff,” it said.
New York has seen an uptick in violent incidents since the beginning of March, with five killings in one week.
On Monday, police killed a man suspected of being involved in the shootings in Harlem.