police free schools
Petition to William Hite, Joyce Wilkerson, Leticia Egea-Hinton, Ameen Akbar, Julia Danzy, Mallory Fix Lopez, Lee Huang, Maria McColgan, Angela McIver
Tell the School District of Philadelphia: We Want #PoliceFreeSchools!
The anger and frustration in the streets of Philadelphia and across the country are not just because of what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery. People are angry because, for years upon years, black people were being murdered by police. They are frustrated because, for years upon years, calls for justice were ignored. People are tired of being ignored. They are tired of being terrorized in their communities. And the energy we are feeling now can not end here. We have gone through too much for this issue to go back into the closet. Therefore, the Philadelphia Student Union calls on Superintendent William Hite and the School District of Philadelphia's Board of Education to commit to police free schools. We are calling on the District to: Remove all police and school resource officers from schools. Have the Office of School Safety replace school police with community members trained in de-escalation, restorative justice, and other skills that support healthy schools and communities. End its memorandum of understanding with the Philadelphia Police Department. Disciplinary and other school infractions should be dealt with by administration and staff, not the police. We believe that black lives matter. We believe it's time this country addressed the role of police in maintaining white supremacy and control in communities. We believe that young people have to be their own leaders. They have been let down by too many elected officials, including the President. It is up to every young person to contribute their voice, energy, and talents to solving society's worst problems. We believe that young people should not be discouraged - this is not the end of the world but the start of a new one.
Petition to Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education
Call for Police Free Schools in PSUSD
澳门皇冠手机网站In light of recent social unrest regarding high instances of police violence in black communities, we formally request the PSUSD Superintendent and Board of Education members to follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Portland Public Schools to immediately terminate their contract with Law Enforcement School Resource Officers within our schools. In reference to accountability measures set forth in the PSUSD Local Control Accountability Plan that specifically states: “Palm Springs Unified School District will provide students with a clean, healthy, physically and emotionally safe learning environment,” we ask that you consider the impact that police presence has on the safety and emotional well-being of students of color, especially our black youth. Dr. Lyon recently shared a statement expressing solidarity with our youth to “eliminate any barriers that could prevent our students from succeeding and reaching their full potential.” Our communities hold our local districts accountable to ensure we achieve this goal of eliminating those barriers. It is for these reasons we urge board members and Superintendent Dr. Lyon, to take direct action in protecting and uplifting our students of color by eliminating law enforcement involvement. According to the Annual Update report for LCAP year 2019-20, PSUSD allocated a combined $1.7 million to Campus Safety and Security and School Resource Officers in its review of the 2018-19 budget. PSUSD should set the example for other school districts to re-allocate resources to expand holistic learning environments. PSUSD should commit to dismantling the punitive infrastructure of our current school system by shifting their approach to behavioral challenges in schools. PSUSD should invest in transformative justice measures that increase counseling and mental health services to students and families and require training for teachers to apply restorative justice strategies in their classrooms. PSUSD should begin the process towards applying those sustainable student support models rather than criminalizing undesirable behavior. We must look to the future of police free public schools if we are truly committed to providing equitable opportunities for student achievement. Fund the health and development of our students, not the police.
Petition to Verona Area School District Board of Education
Make Verona Area High School Police Free
The contract with the Verona Police Department must be terminated. Many students and members of Verona have long felt that our schools need to be police free and you have the power to change that. Why is it that Black children are taught how to properly act around police when police should be learning how to safely communicate with citizens? Every single time I see a cop, whether it’s in the school hallway or on the sidewalk, I make sure my hands are visible and there is nothing in my pockets that can be mistakenly thought of as a weapon. I know I’m innocent and I have done nothing wrong, but it’s an instinct; I don’t have to be armed, my skin color is already a weapon to police. A majority of the Black lives lost due to police have also been unarmed. It’s traumatizing enough for Black students to go out into the world and fear their life anytime they see a cop nearby. Why would you maintain that fear in us now that we are forced to face another cop, feeling unsafe in our own school? Afraid. Stressed. Unsettled. Apprehensive. On edge. Anxious. That's how the marginalized students of Verona feel when they spot police officers around the school. Numerous “always feel uncomfortable when cops are around, not because [they’ve] done anything wrong but because of [their] skin color” (VAHS student ‘21). On top of that, “officers at Verona have never made a visible effort to create relationships with students and in reality serve only one purpose- escalating situations” (VAHS student ‘21). Not only are students actively expressing their disapproval of school police, but it’s also shown in studies that discrimination is detected. A report from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education showed despite that Black students only constitute a small percentage of overall students, they are “2.3 times as likely to receive a referral to law enforcement or be subject to a school-related arrest” than their white peers. No, it is not because Black students are just ‘vicious’ or ‘tend to cause more trouble’; that’s an unwanted stereotype. Even outside of schools Black people are being discriminated against by police, proven by the countless innocent Black lives lost due to cops. Schools are letting in the same cops that have the mindset and prejudice against Black people, and it is affecting us! By continuing to allow policing in school, you are actively reinforcing the school to prison pipeline. A majority of the time, Black students get suspended for minor reasons that can be resolved without police. An article from the Justice Policy Institute stated that “white students were more likely to be disciplined for provable, documentable offenses — smoking, vandalism, and obscene language — while black students were more likely to be disciplined for more subjective reasons, such as disrespect.” There is no need for police officers to penalize a misbehaving student when there are social workers who actually know how to communicate with students. It is essential to make sure the safety of students is being maintained, but that can be achieved without police officers. Personally, I was skeptical about having security guards because I thought it would be like having police officers with a different title, but my opinions had quickly changed. It’s because of the effort they’ve made. I, like many other students, have a better connection with the three security guards that have only been working for a school year rather than any police officer that has worked at Verona during my high school career. The security guards “were really nice and were always there for you, and showed up to our games” (VAHS student ‘22). By creating that connection, there is a better chance of effectively holding students accountable when it’s by someone they know and trust rather than a stranger with an intimidating uniform. During the one year they’ve been here, the security guards have been able to “create a safe and friendly environment while also protecting us without guns” (VAHS student ‘21). Clearly, it can be seen how unnecessary school officers are because there are numerous staff members who already make this school environment safe. Although you may not have the power to end police brutality and the broken justice system in America, you do have the power to make students of color at Verona feel safe. It is being demanded that the Verona Area School District cut ties with the Verona Police Department. You are doing more harm than justice by allowing their existence in our schools. One of the pillars for our district is to have “safe, inclusive learning environments”, but how have you accomplished that goal with having school police when a majority of your students don’t feel safe around them?
澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to Superintendent (Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed) and the Hopkins School Board.
Police Out Of Hopkins Public Schools!
In response to the killing of George Floyd, Minneapolis Public Schools voted unanimously on June 2nd to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. St. Paul Public Schools also voted on June 23rd to terminate their contract with Saint Paul Police Department. Similar actions are being pursued by school districts in New York, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, and more. Now it’s our turn. We demand Hopkins Public Schools to follow suit and immediately terminate its contract with the Minnetonka Police Department and other similar police presences from your schools. Due to ongoing police violence nationwide, it has become clear that the presence of police in our students’ learning environment is inherently unsafe. Hopkins Schools is a diverse district located in Minnesota. 45% of the student body is non-white and 21% of students are black. Police and Student Resource Officers contribute to creating a criminalizing, unsafe, and unwelcoming school environment. Statements of diversity, inclusion, and a safe and supportive learning environment mean absolutely nothing if they are not backed up by action. Hopkins Schools needs to invest in our students and make a commitment that’s more just than words and end this partnership. When police walk the halls of schools, black children are disproportionately arrested, often for low-level offenses, contributing to a vicious cycle called the School-To-Prison Pipeline. In order to eliminate the School to Prison Pipeline, Hopkins Schools needs to terminate School Resource Officers (SROs) and end all agreements with Minnetonka Police. Ending the contract with Minnetonka police isn't the only thing we are pushing for. We are demanding Hopkins Schools to create a safe and equitable education for our students. One SRO in our district is funded 113,000 dollars. The police placed in our schools only brings traumatic experiences to students. Instead of funding School Resource Officers in our schools, the funds appropriated towards them should be used to invest in classrooms, mental health services, and improving counseling services all of which support and uplift your students. Our community looks forward to the Hopkins Public School District's response, anticipating the District's agreement with the community on terminating their contract with Minnetonka police and the need to protect and support our children. htps://www.hopkinsschools.org/about-us/school-board/board-members
Petition to Carroll County Board of Education
Abolish Police Presence in Carroll County Schools
The presence of armed SRO’s in Maryland schools only serves to create unsafe environments for students of color. Proposals to place police in schools have resulted in an increasingly punitive system of school discipline aimed at BIPOC. Placement of police officers in schools increases referrals to law enforcement for crimes of a less serious nature. The consequences of involving students in the criminal justice system are severe, especially for students of color, and may negatively affect the rest of their lives. Therefore, lawmakers and school officials should consider alternative methods to create safer learning environments. School safety doesn’t have to mean policing. The budget for Maryland’s Safe to Learn Act should instead be allocated to more nurses, child psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, support staff, and an increase in wrap-around services. The Safe to Learn Act specifies that SRO’s are not required in every school. Therefore, we demand a legislative movement to suspend or phase out police presence in Carroll County schools. Our goal is to eventually creat police-free schools in all of Maryland. We demand putting an end to the criminalization of black students. We demand access to a safe learning environment without the presence of armed SRO’s.
澳门皇冠手机网站Petition to Superintendent Jack Smith
Remove Police from Montgomery County Schools
澳门皇冠手机网站Police officers have been stationed in schools in order to protect students from school shootings, but have proven ineffective. Instead of protecting us, they disproportionately harass and arrest students of color for minor behavior violations that security guards are equipped to handle. In order to create a welcoming, safe, and comfortable environment for students of color, we have to remove the police presence from our schools. Demilitarize our schools and decriminalize our students, please and thank you.