Defund School Police Nationwide!

Defund School Police Nationwide!

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February 7, 2022
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Why this petition matters

Started by Muna N.

"Cops in school lead to students being criminalized for behavior that should be handled inside the school. Students of color are especially vulnerable to push-out trends and the discriminatory application of discipline" (ACLU). School police are known to negatively affect Black students the most. In fact, black students make up 31 percent of school-related arrests (ACLU). Additionally, Black students are three times more likely to be arrested in school than their white classmates (ACLU). In addition to that students are often present in schools that have on-campus police but no counselors. According to Chelsea Connery, Neag School doctoral candidate in the Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy program, " Across the country 1.7 million students are in schools with police but no counselors; 3 million are in schools with police but no nurses; 6 million students are in schools with police but no school psychologists; 10 million students are in schools with police but no social workers" (Connery). Funding from school police should be redirected into programs that promote mental health, college and/or career readiness, and financial literacy programs for students.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/juvenile-justice/school-prison-pipeline/school-prison-pipeline-infographic

https://www.aclu.org/news/criminal-law-reform/police-in-schools-continue-to-target-black-brown-and-indigenous-students-with-disabilities-the-trump-administration-has-data-thats-likely-to-prove-it/

https://education.uconn.edu/2020/10/27/the-prevalence-and-the-price-of-police-in-schools/#:~:text=Across%20the%20country%201.7%20million,police%20but%20no%20social%20workers

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