New Rochelle leaders announce new partnership for security near HS

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City leaders in New Rochelle announced a new partnership between the city and school to increase security on and off campus.

On Monday, city leaders and police met with business owners and the school to discuss steps they are taking to crack down on violence. Steps include increased security inside school and along North Avenue, as well as a closed campus so students can't leave during lunch hours.

The announcement follows a string of violent incidents involving high school students.

On Jan. 10, a New Rochelle High School student was fatally stabbed – allegedly by her classmate - at a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts.

Moments before the stabbing, surveillance video shows victim Valeree Schwab inside a Subway restaurant just blocks away. The video shows six people, including the teen charged with murder, approaching Schwab and then leaving.

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Kemesha Salmon, who owns a toy store on North Avenue, says that would have been the opportunity for an employee to call 911.

“I always do. I've done it before, that number is on my speed dial, to prevent what happened to Valeree,” she says.

A week after Schwab's stabbing, a second assault occurred at Gimelli Pizza. That victim is now the suspect at large in a stabbing that happened in New Rochelle High School the next day. Police believe they are close to finding the teen, but they offered no other details.

City Manager Chuck Strome says it’s important for people to speak out.

“We can deploy as many police as we have, but we need the community's eyes and ears to help because we can't be everywhere all the time,” he says.

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