By COLlive reporter
Lives have been saved on Friday afternoon in Crown Heights thanks to the alertness of a teacher at a Jewish preschool.
She was on the school bus making its rounds dropping children off at their homes around the Brooklyn neighborhood.
“Since it’s the beginning of the year, it’s a slow process,” she told COLlive.com.
When the bus driver took a moment to speak with a parent on Sterling Street near Brooklyn Avenue, the driver of the vehicle behind them, a small black 4 door sedan, stepped out.
The teacher said the man approached them was furious and shouting in a language unfamiliar to her. She froze in fright when she saw him grab a small knife from his car.
“When I saw the knife, I began shouting to the bus driver to keep moving,” she said. “The man began jamming the knife at the doors of the bus, banging on the doors and trying to open them. Thank G-d the doors were closed.”
In the safety of the closed bus, the teacher dialed 911. When the attacker saw her calling, he ran into a building on the block, she says.
Shomrim volunteers arrived immediately, however the police did not arrive for 30 minutes, she says.
The police officers explained that they came as fast as they could under the circumstances, but “they told me that there is a huge amount of crime happening in the neighborhood now, and they don’t have enough officers,” she said.
“People need to know that there is terrible chaos right now,” she said. “I am terrified of the fact that the schools are planning to be open on Monday, and who knows what could happen?”
“The officers said to caution the neighborhood – they said if you don’t have to leave your home on Labor Day, you should not be going out unless it’s urgent,” the teacher said.
As reported on COLlive.com, a large police presence is expected in Crown Heights on Labor Day, even though the annual Caribbean Day Parade was canceled.