To Manchester Ink Link Editor:
I just read your great article on the activity at Bronstein Park. I live about a mile away on the North End of Manchester and am a Senior at Central High School. I think another valuable angle to the story is the influence on the high school students and their learning environment.
Today, I picked my little brother up at marching band practice at the park. The group of about a hundred high school students spends a good portion of their day there for a couple weeks surrounded by drugs and minor violence. The first thing the fourteen year old does is casually report the several misdemeanors he has witnessed throughout the day including sexual violence.
My high school campus ends within 50 feet of that park. I park my car at its perimeter. Students don’t feel safe and it doesn’t seem like the authorities are exerting a lot of power to fix this. It’s frustrating to a lot of people, not just the neighbors and it’s sad to see my community crumble.
Thanks for drawing attention to the matter.
Kate A., ManchesterEditor’s note: Letter writer’s last name was withheld at her request