Homeowner Finds Confidential School Documents in Street

The Department of Education said it appears some kids got into the school's records room

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    Important documents like birth certificates, immunization records and papers with the names of hundreds of students were found in the middle of the street near PS 73 in Brooklyn. The Department of Education says kids must have gotten into the records room. News4's John Noel reports. (Published Friday, Apr 6, 2012)

    Confidential records and important documents like birth certificates and immunization papers bearing the names of hundreds of students were found in the middle of the street near a Brooklyn school, NBC New York has learned.

    A woman who lives in Ocean Hill found the academic and health records strewn on the sidewalk in front of her home around the corner from PS/IS 73.

    "I couldn't believe someone had just thrown out such important documents," Sana Anderson told NBC New York.

    Some of the records were decades old, including a copy of a 1974 birth certificate, Anderson said. Others appeared more recent.

    The Department of Education said it appears some kids got into the school's records room. The DOE said none of the documents removed from the premises applied to current students.

    The school's principal has told staff to make sure the records' room door remains locked at all times. An investigation is ongoing.

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