It looks like the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) “Good Neighbor Agreement” is going to get an early test.
Under the terms of the BYC’s Good Neighbor Agreement,
BYC staff or volunteers will monitor the Facility and immediate proximity to the Facility on days when BYC program participants are present during the regular hours of operation of the BYC programs. BYC staff or volunteers will have additional monitoring presence for one (1) hour before and for one (1) hour after the BYC Drop-in program begins and ends on days when this program is offered.
The drop-in program ended at 3PM Thursday, about 4 minutes before the victim’s 911 call.
We asked Howard Brown Health Center General Counsel Michelle Wetzel about Thursday’s incident.
Wetzel reports that,
[BYC] staff was present and helped break up the situation and escorted the youth back to the BYC where our nurse cleaned up and bandaged the youth’s knee. In the meantime, the youth had called the police himself. The police came and met the youth at the BYC. The youth then went with the police to help the police identify his assailants.
Thursdays incident has been investigated and documented as called for by the Good Neighbor Agreement, Wetzel says. “This is exactly how our system is designed to work and it worked perfectly.”
In a related development, Wetzel tells us that BYC is in the process of expanding the “monitoring area” that center staff will patrol beyond the front of their operation.