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Governor floats possibility of resuming Drug- & Weapon-Free Schools Zone program

Then-Justice Secretary Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Thursday that he does not rule out resuming the Drug- and Weapon-Free Schools Zone (ZELDA by its Spanish initials) project that was implemented in the 1990s during the administration of then-Gov. Pedro Rosselló González, when Pierluisi was secretary of Justice.

“These unfortunate incidents give us the opportunity to see well and review well everything that is being done and not skimp,” the governor said in response to questions from reporters. “That’s why, when they talk to me about the Drug- and Weapon-Free Schools Zone, it’s a program that was established when I was Justice secretary in the ‘90s. I know the program; I don’t want to rule it out. That is, within this evaluation that we are doing for which we have not only the resources of the Department of Education, but also of the Puerto Rico Police. If we end up deciding that this should go forward, or it makes sense.”

When asked about his opinion on the legislative measure that calls for evaluating the establishment of armories and/or shooting ranges near schools, the governor said he prefers to wait for the legislative process to end.

“So we will have to see if that bill is approved and in what form it is approved; by then I can make a decision,” Pierluisi said. “For now, I would be speculating because I do not have the details of the bill. I know it is generating controversy. … All that must be evaluated.”

The governor’s remarks came at the end of a press conference on the end-of-the-year activity that will feature the return of the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show in the Convention District in San Juan.

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