Posted on August 9, 2011

NYC’s Most Dangerous Schools: ‘Kids Run Wild, Teachers Are Scared’ at Many Public Schools

Rachel Monahan and Ben Chapman, NY Daily News, August 8, 2011

A Brooklyn high school co-founded by Borough President Marty Markowitz is one of the most dangerous places to learn, a new Education Department survey shows.

Students at the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford-Stuyvesant face routine bullying, gang activity and a generally unsafe campus, according to the city’s 2011 School Survey.

“The kids run wild, and the teachers are scared,” said an administrator at the high school who asked to remain anonymous.

“It’s like there are no rules here at all,” she added.

At a glance: NYC’s most dangerous schools:

* At the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, 95% of pupils said, “students threaten or bully other students at school.”

* At the Globe School for Environmental Research in the Bronx, 46% of students said they stayed home because, “I don’t feel safe at school.”

* At Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, 92% of teachers said,” crime and violence are a problem in my school.”

* At Andries Hudde junior high in Brooklyn, only 38% of students feel “safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms.”

* At the Automative High School in Brooklyn, 80% of students said, “there is gang activity in my school.”

Only half of parents of students at the school feel their child is safe, and 41% said bullying happens “often,” the survey said.

Just 8% of teachers said they feel safe in the building, and 92% said that students are “frequently threatened or bullied.”


Another Brooklyn school, Andries Hudde junior high in Midwood, earned some of the survey’s lowest marks for safety.

More than 90% of those students said they were bullied or threatened at least “some of the time”–and less than half said they feel safe in the hallways.


[Editor’s Note: The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance is 74 percent black, 21 percent Hispanic, and 2 percent white. Andries Hudde School is 71 percent black, 14 percent Asian, 10 percent Hispanic, and 4 percent white.]