Can anyone help this victim of Cami’s “On Newark” plan?
I know there are many such stories but this story struck a nerve because I knew a young man named Michael Davis who worked at St. Benedict’s Prep. He lived in the South Ward and walked through Weequahic Park twice a day–in the morning on his way to work and in the evening on his way home.
On winter evening, when the sun had gone down early, he was walking through the park when someone stepped from behind a tree and shot him. The bullet severed his spine, turning this athletic young man into a quadriplegic. He was not robbed and his assailant was never found. The police assumed Michael Davis was the price of some young man’s entry into a gang.
I wrote about him for The Star-Ledger and got to know him well. He become a symbol of courage in the face of absolute horror and adversity–both for me and the students and employees at St. Benedict’s.
Knowing that story, read the note sent to me by a frightened mother of a Newark Public School student. If you know a way of helping her, contact me and I will put you in touch with her.
“I just received a letter 8/27/14 stating that my child is eligible for shuttle bus service. The issue is: We live on Dayton Street by Dayton Street School and her pick up location is Maple Ave Annex. She needs to be there by 7:20am to get dropped off at Weequahic high School where she will attend Girls Academy Of Newark. This is not safe for my 12 year old. This means that she will have to leave at 5:15am to get to that bus stop because I have to be to work at 6am in JC. Or she can leave at 6am and walk through OUR SAFE STREETS OF NEWARK through WEEQUAHIC PARK… The jerks who came up with this plan have no idea of these routes that they chose. I think I will be pulling my child from the NPS system soon. Can you please guide me in what should I do?”