Greenburgh School Board briefly refused to allow News 12 inside to cover public meeting on senior prank gone awry

News 12 was at the meeting to cover parents' concerns about some of their children not being able to take part in graduation ceremonies Friday because they were involved in a school prank.

Caren Pinto and Bob Doda

Jun 21, 2023, 9:45 PM

Updated 306 days ago

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For a brief time Tuesday night, the Greenburgh School Board refused to allow a News 12 camera into their public meeting.
News 12 was at the meeting to cover parents' concerns about some of their children not being able to take part in graduation ceremonies Friday because they were involved in a school prank.
Before News 12 got a chance to hear from them at the meeting, the crew was approached by school security who told them the superintendent was not going to let the camera crew inside.
Police were called, and News 12 reporter Jonathan Gordon waited with police for 45 minutes. They were eventually allowed inside after being told the district had reviewed its policy and were cleared by police.
News 12 reached out to the state Committee on Open Government. They said in part, “Any meeting of a public body that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio or video means.”
Once inside, some parents and students addressed the board to be included in Friday's graduation ceremony.
"Some of these children are the first in their families to graduate, and they’re looking forward to this immensely beautiful day to celebrate," said one parent.
Last Monday, dozens of students participated in the annual senior prank night. School officials say some students took it too far and vandalized the building causing about $10,000 in damages.
"My personal feeling is somebody committed an act of vandalism, they destroyed computers…they should be punished,” said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. “But if they are a bystander, I feel that the school district should at least meet with the parents and the students."


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