NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s time for educators, not police, to discipline New York City schoolchildren, protesters said Wednesday.
In a rally outside the Department of Education’s headquarters in Manhattan, parents and students called for the next mayor to end overly aggressive policing in schools, 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reported. They said children are routinely being patted down and handcuffed for noncriminal behavior.
Cassandra Whitney told protesters that she sent her two children to NYC public schools “to learn, but rather than be inspired, they were confronted with metal detectors and NYPD officers every day at their schools. The constant police presence was a source of fear and intimidation.
“As a parent, I am disgusted, appalled and fed up.”