Law proposed to require city to report when students are handcuffed in schools
Cops and Department of Education officials would have to publicly report whenever kids are handcuffed in schools under a bill introduced in the City Council Tuesday.
The legislation also demands data be made public on how many times ambulances are called to deal with unruly students, and which schools use metal detectors.
“For over a decade, students in New York City schools have been getting arrested, summonsed, handcuffed, suspended in school for just minor misbehavior,” said Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “There are still huge gaps in the reporting that we get about what’s going on with school discipline.”
The bill is sponsored by Council members Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) and Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan).
Advocates object to incidents like the one where a Park Slope Collegiate student was handcuffed over a pin holding together his broken glasses that security officers thought was a threat. Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, made an appearance at a protest against the student’s treatment.
Source: New York Daily News