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School stabbing renews calls for more safety agents

BY CRYSTAL LEWIS clewis@thechiefleader.com
Posted 4/22/22

After a school safety agent and a teacher were stabbed while defending a guidance counselor at a Bronx elementary school, unions representing teachers and principals called on the city to restore staffing levels of school safety agents to pre-pandemic levels.

Hector Garcia, who has worked as a school safety agent at PS 69 Journey Prep School for 22 years, and fifth-grade teacher Jared Nash have been called “heroic” by Mayor Eric Adams and parents across the city after they jumped to help a guidance counselor being attacked by her ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Claudio Villar, who followed her into the building.

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