New Rochelle task force to crack down on student violence

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NEW ROCHELLE -

Dozens of people are now officially part of a New Rochelle task force aimed at combatting crime and violence in the city and school district.

Several violent incidents occurred in the past few months, including the fatal stabbing of a New Rochelle High School student.

Since then, nearly 300 people have applied to be on the task force that aims to end violence and puts a focus on academics and providing a safe environment.

Dr. Jonathan Brice leads the task force, which has been narrowed down to 46 community members. The task force includes police officers, students, parents and others.

The task force's first of several meetings is set to take place Wednesday evening. The meeting is private, but News 12 is told that some of the task force's meetings will be open to the public.

The task force is expected to complete its work in April. Brice will present a plan of action to the public, and then the school board will vote on implementing the plan.

The New Rochelle School District's closed campus policy remains in effect, and officers will be stationed at schools until the end of the year.

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