ARE YOU HIGH? Bystanders gaze up and aim cameras yesterday at a "suicide jumper" on the Empire State Building -- which turns out to be an art project that has led to false-alarm 911 calls.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
By GARY BAUMGARTEN Paltalk News Network NEW YORK - The lead story in today's New York Post, "Jump Dummy!' is about an art exhibit which placed bronze statues on building ledges and roofs. The one on a ledge of the Empire State Building is so realistic looking from street level that people are dialing 911 to report a jumper. The cops are rushing to the building unnecessarily. Worse, some cops aren't rushing - which means that if there's a real jumper before this exhibit ends they may not get there in time.
"Boneheaded" is how the Post describes it. But more boneheaded is another story, headlined "School Revenge". that appears on page seven.
Seems things are so bad at the Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn that a brave student spoke out earlier this week to the Post. Complaining that sex in the staircases is a common practice. And that security guards and teachers are too lazy to do anything about that - or other transgressions going on in the school.
But instead of addressing the problems that put students at risk - the school has rallied against the whistle blower Alisha Strawder. Her mother tells the Post that she's been told by the school's acting interim principal that they can't assure her protection from enraged students and staff who are upset over her spilling the beans to the newspaper.
Alisha is being offered a transfer to another school. Her mother, Kasyra Strawder, told the Post that she told the principal, Simone Grey, "you're telling me ... your staff members want to attack her because she told the truth?"
Of the many unbelievable stories in New York, this one make take the cake.
By the way, the reason Roberson has an "acting interim principal" is because the "permanent" principal was removed for, among other things, boozing on the job.
The problematic school has been slated for closure. But the teacher's union has been fighting to keep it open.
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