FIRETRAP SCHOOLS IN BROOKLYN.
Philadelphia has not a monopoly in the line of firetrap schools. Brooklyn borough and not improbably other boroughs making up New York city are evidently not doing their duty in the way of providing adequate fire protection. So far as regards Brooklyn, the Kings County grand jury has handed up a presentment in which charges were made against the New York board of education of “gross, if not criminal neglect” of the lives of the school children and teachers of that borough. The grand jury has found that seven-tenths of the public schools were without fire-alarm boxes on the premises or suitable firefighting appliances. Some contracts for the installation of fireboxes were awarded a year ago, the presentment states, but have not been fulfilled. The jury adds: “This would indicate negligence on the part of the board of education for which its members should he held accountable in the event of loss of life resulting.” The presentment recommends not only a firebox in each school building, but that a fireman be assigned to duty at each during school hours; and also requests that the fire commissioner be instructed to place a violation on everv school where the firefighting apparatus is deficient.