Students Against Scanning
May 25th, 2006

They say they need scanners to detect
We say we need justice and respect

Most of the attention on metal detectors in schools has centered on the cell phone ban, but some students want to put the focus on school security policies instead.

Members of the Urban Youth Collaborative Student Union gathered on the steps of Tweed Courthouse Thursday evening to protest so-called safety efforts — scanners, police, actions of security guards — that they say detracts from learning and shows a lack of respect for young people.

Charging that such security moves make students feel like criminals, the young people delivered thousands of postcards addressed to city officials and signed by kids in almost 200 public schools protesting the safety measures. The message urges the Department of Education to include youth voice and experience in formulating security policies. We hope the chancellor and mayor will see how important this is to us and how they should include youth in decision-making, Elisabeth Ortega, a student at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, said.

The students brought the cards, stuffed in several large plastic bags, to the top of Tweeds imposing stairs. Neither Mayor Michael Bloomberg nor Chancellor Joel Klein came to accept delivery.

(For a look at how many parents feel left out of school decision-making on security and other issues, see Gotham Gazette.)

Also, the New York Civil Liberties Union weighed in today on the school security controversy. In a letter to Bloomberg and Klein, the group complains that what it calls over-policing in schools creates a fortress-like atmosphere that conflicts with learning. It calls for the school system to assess how such security measures — including time consuming scanning –affects education.

By on May 25, 2006, 7:07 pm
In category: Civil Rights,Crime & Safety,Education,Gotham City | 3 Comments »

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3 Responses to “Students Against Scanning”

  1. Ed Stoddard Says:
    June 5th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    I am a retired superintendent of schools from a school district located 60 miles from NYC. I have been developing an effort designed to: impact lives of (youngsters, pre-teens and teens, as well as adults) to address community concerns, and if desired to help generate funds for worth while causes. I have felt that a number of steps which our society has been taking are going in the wrong direction. I invite you to visit my site and to contact me to learn how I am positioned to accomplish the goals listed above. If we could accomplish them, I believe we would be going a long way toward addressing the concerns of the students and, yes, the “Gate Keeper” adults.

  2. sspecialme11 Says:
    September 21st, 2006 at 3:05 am

    I want to buy a metal detector but I don’t know which is the best. I found a lot of informations about that on http://www.METAL-DETECTOR-REVIEW.COM and I want to know more about which model is ideal for treasure hunting. Any recommendations would be appreciated, make and model, etc


  3. Johan Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Teacher banned for trying to have NYCLU observe the process, Council Member Robert Jackson at press conference

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