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Issue Brief: Police in Schools are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting

01.11.2013 |  AFC has signed on to a joint issue brief of the Advancement Project, the Alliance for Educational Justice, the Dignity in Schools Campaign, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, entitled "Police in Schools are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting." The brief explains why police in schools are not the answer to reducing violence in our communities and classrooms, sheds light on the unintended consequences of placing more police in our schools, and recommends what steps should be taken to ensure that all young people are safe in their schools. As the brief notes, "We have seen increased police presence leading to high numbers of youth – particularly youth of color, students with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students, and gender non-conforming students – being arrested for minor and trivial misbehaviors. We have seen young people who are pushed out of schools by hostile and prison-like school cultures. We have seen time, energy, and resources devoted to the criminalization, not the education, of young people." View the issue brief