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Parents, Students Hold Rally to Keep School Safety Agents Under NYPD

Posted 6/10/21

“DOE stands for ‘dead on entry,’ because if we put these people in charge of our children’s safety, we’re going to have a lot of dead children upon entry,’ said School Safety Agent Quiann Simpkins, who June 6 joined parents and students rallying to keep the Agents under the jurisdiction of the Police Department.

Last summer, the City Council enacted a two-year plan to shift oversight of School Safety Agents from the NYPD to the Department of Education following calls for police-free schools after the death of George Floyd. The change would transform the role of School Safety Agents, requiring them to be retrained in restorative justice and de-escalation practices and barring them from making arrests.

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