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Students, teachers and parents protest possible hiring of over 400 school safety agents

Students, teachers and parents protested Saturday over an announcement from the NYPD that said the agency was considering hiring over 400 new school safety agents.

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2021, 11:13 PM

Updated 1,211 days ago

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Students, teachers and parents protested Saturday over an announcement from the NYPD that said the agency was considering hiring over 400 new school safety agents.
Banners at the Taft Educational Campus in the Bronx read "police free schools."
Both NYPD officials and City Hall say that no official decision has been made about adding police to schools.
They said in a statement, "We share a commitment to maintaining the physical and social-emotional safety of our students as the transition continues between agencies."
But some parents say after seeing videos of police using force on students around the country, they believe adding officers to schools won't make students feel safer.
Activists say policing in schools unfairly targets marginalized communities.
Instead of policing, students say the city should prioritize adding counselors and social workers in schools to help students.


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