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Community speaks out on Elementary school shutting down due to surrounding violence

SHARONVILLE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- An elementary school surrounded by violence has parents and school officials at odds at what to do about it.
That's the backdrop for deciding the future of Lincoln Heights Elementary.  It's been on lockdown because of violence nearby.  Monday night the Princeton School Board looked into shutting down the school for good. 

Parents and others who live in Lincoln Heights say the children who are growing up in that community deserve to be able to stay at their elementary school.  They say taking those children from their home school and putting them in other schools within the district may cause more harm than good. 

There were close to 1,000 signatures collected to keep Lincoln Heights Elementary open.  School board members say shootings and other crime is putting students, faculty, and staff in jeopardy.  They say safety has to be the priority.

There is a possibility of moving students and staff to Glendale and Woodlawn.  But parents say that move and the current school lockdowns sends the wrong message to kids.  School administrators are trying to balance both sides.
The President of the school board says they hope to have a decision on the fate of Lincoln Heights Elementary by June 9th.

The school board says there should be a review of the school's emergency procedures.  The Superintendent says notification about the most recent shooting happened a half hour after the incident.

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