In Upper Darby, police make recommendations for quelling increasing after-school violence

    Police and school officials in Upper Darby will meet for the second time in a week today to discuss a growing problem: after-school violence.

    Things got especially serious recently when the brother of a student showed up at dismisall with a gun, firing at but missing the boy his sister had had a run-in with.

    Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says the department is stretched thin and can’t continue to provide the extra police presence Upper Darby High School and nearby schools need.

    In meetings with public and parochial school officials, Chitwood will discuss how to address the increasing school violence. While the board of school directors tells the Delaware County Daily Times protocols like armed security officers and tasers are part of a current plan, Chitwood has recommended schools hire police officers for security and stagger dismissal times.

    Upper Darby High, Beverly Hills Middle and Bywood Elementary dump thousands of students onto three main roads at roughly the same time, with Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast students joining the mix.

    After meeting with public school officials last week, Chitwood is set to meet today with Bonner and Prendie administrators.

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