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There have been several instances of school violence in and around D.C. schools recently, including one involving multiple teenagers on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast. One D.C. council member says a school safety plan from the police department - required by law- is more than two months overdue.

The report is supposed to detail how police will protect children from gang violence and other safety threats as they walk to and from schools.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier was supposed to give it to the mayor, council members and the chancellor of DCPS by August 15th. Before school reopened.

Council member Phil Mendelson, who heads the committee on public safety, says he has written two letters to Lanier for the report, but hasn't yet received a response, "We want public safety officials to be planning public safety for schools, before school opens, rather than reacting to problems."

Mendelson says he's received several complaints about the lack of security around schools.

A spokesperson from the police department did not return requests for comment.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...


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