In light of a Dickinson High School student being shot by a peer just a block away from the facility, Mayor Steven Fulop weighed in via Facebook: calling the incident “a sad reflection on where we are as a society in cities across the country.”
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In a Facebook post from around 8:45 a.m. this morning, Fulop gave his take on yesterday’s shocking turn of events (sharing a link to The Jersey Journal’s initial coverage of the shooting.)
“I post the good news but an honest conversation about the below is important as well- no matter how disturbing. This is a sad reflection on where we are as a society in cities across the country including NYC, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark etc etc,” Fulop wrote.
“We all have a responsibility. There was a day when fights happen in or after school, students get suspended and parents get involved. The fact that a fight between two students can escalate to gun violence with one of them (16 years old) have access to a gun speaks to how outrageous our culture is today.”
Fulop went on to call the issue both “a national problem and a city problem” that encompasses guns, parenting our legal system and our cities, further stating that Jersey City made 12 gun arrests over the weekend – six being juveniles.
As various media outlets reported, both Dickinson High School and St. Joseph’s grammar school were placed on lockdown as police searched for the shooter – who was eventually apprehended.
Late last month, Fulop used his Facebook page to address five fatal shootings in the city in a 12 day period.
Jersey City Together, a group of over 30 congregations that consists of thousands of city residents, held a press conference last week to speak out against the recent uptick in violence – also demanding a meeting with Police Chief Philip Zacche to discuss the situation.