PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Some business owners in Roxborough say they are extremely careful these days, even closing early, as they say children at nearby Roxborough High School are causing all sorts of trouble when lessons end for the daytime.
“It’s my livelihood, it’s how my wife and I pay the bills,” says Sean Doyle, owner of Roxburgers.
Even so, Doyle says he loses between $50 and $100 a day choosing to close an hour earlier, around 2:00 p.m., to avoid dismissal from Roxborough High School. He says there were problems with students congregating in large numbers at the Ridge Avenue and Walnut Lane bus stop waiting to change buses.
Recently, he says he saw two students beat up another student. When he tried to intervene, he injured himself.
“Punch in the ear from behind, kick in the ribs and back, just stuff that kids do when they jump you, punch you and kick you, you have to fight to get back back,” he said. “It’s just not safe, I don’t want to deal with it, I don’t want to get hurt.”
Staff at the Dunkin’ Donuts on the same corner say that over the past few weeks they have started locking their front doors and serving people through a take-out window between around 2 and 4 p.m.
District leaders recently announced that Roxborough High School will be one of four high schools in the city where community members will patrol as part of a new effort to keep students safe as they come and go from school. school.
FOX 29 had a camera around the corner during layoff time Friday and saw no issues. Doyle hopes for improvement at the intersection, but in the meantime has started working early with breakfast at a different location. “I think for all parties involved it’s just not a good situation, but live on, adapt and change were doing.”
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