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Plan To Put Alternative School Near Elementary School Upsets Parents

Posted April 19, 2002 10:57 a.m. EDT

— Two schools across the street from each other does not seem like a problem unless one is an alternative school for troubled teens.

The school system plans to move Longview School across the street from Joyner Elementary in Raleigh. Longview teaches students with emotional or behavioral problems. Some have been in jail.

Some parents do not want the teenagers near Joyner Elementary's 5- to 10-year-olds.

"Keep the kids in that place and not let them venture out, you know, to over here. [You need to] kind of keep control of them, but these days and times, kids are hard to keep control of," parent Tyrone Lindsey said.

Other parents from Joyner Elementary School think the teens need a chance to be good neighbors. Longview School should open next summer.