MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Neighbors of two residences for emotionally disturbed teens in Mount Pleasant, saying lax security is putting both school staff and community residents in danger, want the schools closed, according to multiple media reports.
Police have been called to the Hawthorne Cedar Knowles School and Pleasantville Cottage School more than 1,000 times in the last year alone, according to a report by News12 .
In the most recent incident, six students – one of them a 13-year-old who was accused of trying to set a staff member on fire – were arrested after a pair of large fights broke out at Hawthorne Cedar Knowles last Friday and Saturday, multiple media reports said.
And in February, a 19-year-old girl at the Linda Avenue facility was charged with assault after allegedly hitting a staffer in the face with a chair, a past lohud.com report said.
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls' principal, Kristin Crowley, issued a statement on the school's website that said the facility is "dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for our students to grow as individuals as well as members of the community."
According to News12 , the Pleasantville Cottage School said it is also focused on providing a safe environment for students and the community.
Another meeting on the schools situation is set for 6 p.m., June 10, at Town Hall, town officials said.