Neighbors Of Binghamton High Voice Concerns

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated May 29, 2007 at 11:42 PM EDT

They voiced their concerns Tuesday night at this community forum at the high school.

The school, along with members of the police department and city leaders, were on hand to address their concerns.

People here say some students use their lunch breaks to hang out, and smoke in front of their business or home.

Sometimes, right on their front steps.

They say drugs are being sold outside to students, sometimes, right in front of their eyes.

And that students walk, drive and park wherever they want.

"Does it need to be policed better, shut down completely or maybe a different system?" says George Sluski of BInghamton.

"If people want to come to the school and let us know what's going on we'll work with them. If they want to give us names. You know, if they'll tell us areas of the neighborhood where there's a problem," says Binghamton High School Assistant Principal Martin Klein.

The school says it's only a small percentage of students.

Many times, it's kids who don't even go to the school.

A school officer says non-students are chased away, and underage smoking is being cracked down on.

The city's Police Chief says officers patrol the high school area, uniformed and undercover, on the lookout for drugs.

And reminded people that certain actions of students off high school grounds, can't be controlled by the school.

But can be taken care of by police, if you give them a call.

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