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Council Looks To Create School Safety Zones

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By Natalie Neumann

The D.C. council is looking into creating "no-loitering" zones near schools, to ensure students' safety.

In the proposed "Safe Passage Emergency Zones" near schools, police could disperse or arrest people they believe are hanging around in order to commit a crime. The bill was prompted by a recent rash of violence outside Friendship Edison High School.

All 13 council members support legislation allowing the Metropolitan Police Department to establish the temporary, 1,000-foot safety zones outside public and charter schools, if police have reason to believe there is a threat against students, parents, or staff.

But D.C.'s Attorney General Peter Nickles tells the Washington Examiner the bill would be ineffective and has legal problems, and says he's crafting his own crime bill.

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