Children in Highbridge are afraid to go to school and many say they feel scared to go outside and play. They will have an opportunity to tell the community how they are dealing with a Men’s Transitional Shelter in close proximity to PS 126 & PS 11.
On Thursday, April 21st at 11 AM, the community of parents, teachers, residents, businesses and children will Stand for Safety on the corner of PS 126 at 167th Street and University Avenue in the Bronx. We will show that this vulnerable area is less than 1,000 feet from the Men’s Transitional Shelter.
Sexual predators and seriously ill men are housed at this shelter and this was done without the community notice. The Shelter with 200 men came after the removal of the mothers and babies. The Community said this was ill advised back in December and now these predictions are coming true. Men are being arrested around the school and people are afraid in their homes.
There are now 12 Sexual predators in the Shelter.
DHS and Promesa Basic have shown no sense of social responsibility and have broken Megan’s Law. Determining where sex offenders can live after they are released from prison is a major issue in New York. But Megan’s Law makes it very clear that they cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school nor near community parks and the Community MUST be notified of Level 2 and 3 Sex Offenders.
The community will not wait any longer. We are demanding the Public Advocate investigate how the DHS / and Promesa Basic were able to violate Megan’s Law. In the news, this same company (Promesa Basic) has done the same thing in Queens and the residents and their City Councilmember are protesting.
We invite all to come out and make it very clear that Highbridge will not be quiet. The demand of the day will be to honor Megan’s Law and Keep Our children safe. We charge all elected politicians to respect the Community’s wishes to return the mothers and babies and relocate the men.
For more information, the community’s website can be viewed here.