Repressive Violence Polices the Schools

January 20, 2010

Suit Charges Abuses by School Safety Officers

Lawsuit against school safety officers
J. B. Reed for The New York Times D.Y., 13, a student a Lou Gehrig Junior High School in the Bronx, described what she said was an assault by school safety officers at a news conference Wednesday. She was flanked by Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union and by her mother, Donna Layne.

Five public school students and their parents are suing the city, claiming that school safety officers employed by the New York Police Department have wrongfully handcuffed, assaulted and arrested students.

Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the civil liberties union, said at a news conference in Lower Manhattan that school safety officers had wrongly arrested students who may have broken school rules but had not committed crimes.

“Students were handcuffed, arrested, perp-walked, jailed, pushed, shoved, kicked to the ground, threatened, taunted, injured, denied medical care, illegally interrogated, intimidated and humiliated,” she said.

Read the full article from NYTimes

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