A 17-year-old student at Fox Lane High School has been arrested by Bedford police this week on gun-related charges after police said she brought a loaded semiautomatic weapon into school. Even though the teen has been charged with a felony, police are refusing to release her name saying that she could be eligible for youthful offender status, something that only the courts can decide. Robert Freeman, executive director of the state’s Committee for Open Government, also called on the police to release the suspect’s name in a story today by reporters Shawn Cohen and Sean Gorman.
Readers who commented on the story were pretty evenly split whether they thought the police should release the student’s name. Here’s some of what they had to say on the topic:
It was a bad choice, as it is for The Journal News to pursue the name of this child. What will they accomplish by doing so? Let the legal system take over from here.
We are entitled by law to know what her name is. What is it with these cops that they can circumvent the freedom of information law? I have a student in that school, If anyone knows it, please post it here.
And finally, one person had this to say:
People reading this article do not know who she is, but you can bet your donuts 3/4 of the school knows — and rightfully so!
So what do you think? Should the police release the student’s name? Leave us a comment telling us what you think. And don’t forget to check back on LoHud.com for updates on this story.
Photo: Parents attend a meeting at Fox Lane High School in Bedford Dec. 8 after an incident at the school last Friday in which a loaded handgun was found in a student’s backpack. Jere Hochman, superintendent of the Bedford Central School District, Fox Lane High School Principal Robert Hendrickson and Bedford Police Chief Chris Menzel spoke about the incident.
Photo by Seth Harrison/The Journal News