Okay, so we had our first “incident” near the Public School that my daughter attends in the Village Square of bucolic South Amherst far from the bumper-to-bumper traffic of downtown Amherst now clogged with returning college students.
Some twit neighborhood teen-ager decided to grasp his crotch, probably a hip-hop version of extending the middle finger, in public within spitting distance of three institutions that deal with young children: Montessori School, Kunon, and the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School.
Police response—a black and white cruiser and a 4-wheel drive jeep-- was what you might call swift, and the perp was sent on his way after a stern reprimand.
I have been assured that Amherst police consider this intersection a “school zone” (and this rapid response certainly belies that) so if anyone is caught dealing drugs within the area they would be charged with the more series offense of distribution within a school zone.
And any other calls for assistance will be handled as though a child’s safety depends on response time.
Just one more reason I’m such a fan of the Amherst Public Safety men and women, who work 24/7 to protect this town.