A turbulent week at Flushing‘s John Bowne High School came to an end last Friday with a student punching a cop and knives seized from three students, it was reported.
According to an April 10 New York Daily News report, NYPD school safety agents confiscated knives from three different students while screening them through metal detectors on Friday, April 7, at the school located at 63-25 Main St. One of the students, who was caught with a butterfly knife, received a desk appearance ticket.
Later that same day, it was reported, a student was arrested for punching a 32-year-old police officer who was attempting to break up a fight between the teen and another student at the school.
The events came only a few days after the April 4 stabbing of a 16-year-old student, who was attacked by three students in the halls as a result of a prior altercation. The student was treated at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens hospital for his injuries. The attackers were arrested and a 3-inch black folding knife used in the assault was recovered from the scene.
Deputy Schools Chancellor Elizabeth Rose, who spoke at a press conference following the April 4 stabbing, said that the Flushing high school does not have full time metal detectors, but does have “unannounced, random scanning.”
“We work in close partnership with the NYPD to provide students and staff at the school with a safe and supportive learning environment,” said Department of Education spokesperson Toya Holness. “We are dedicating additional resources to the school and have swiftly addressed these incidents.”