NYC Mayor Restricts When Cops Can Enter School Grounds

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his plan to decrease police presence in the city's schools on Thursday.

New York, NY – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a plan to decrease police presence in the city’s schools by limiting the situations in which law enforcement will be allowed to respond to matters that arise on school grounds.

De Blasio unveiled his plan on Thursday, flanked by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, WABC reported.

According to the mayor and school officials, police have historically issued too many citations to Hispanic and black children for crimes they’ve committed.

"Police presence in schools and a zero-tolerance disciplinary approach make students feel like criminals in their own classrooms," Education Policy Center Director Johanna told WABC.

Under de Blasio’s new policy, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers must avoid citing or arresting students “whenever possible” for so-called “low level” law violations such as disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and vandalism, WABC reported.

Students can only be arrested on school grounds for offenses that occurred off school property in cases of sex offenses, felonies, and “crimes where there is an immediate risk of escape or where the perpetrator is apprehended in hot pursuit,” according to the policy.

The policy also limits the involvement of school safety agents – a group of approximately 5,000 unarmed NYPD agents who are assigned to area schools. In the event the safety agents need further assistance, they turn to uniformed NYPD officers.

Under the new rules, school staff members should refrain from notifying school safety agents regarding students who skip school, show up late, or are caught lying, smoking or gambling.

“Today's announcement is about treating kids like kids, allowing them to recover from mistakes, and teaching them the tools to manage emotions and behavior,” Miller told WABC. “By adopting these recommendations from the Leadership Team, the city is taking real a step toward ending the School to Prison Pipeline."

Abraham Lincoln High School sophomore Shaena Gibson said that restricting law enforcement’s presence and authority on school grounds “could improve the perception of the police,” Chalkbeat reported.

“When there’s a high level of security, and they take it too far they’re setting up a negative mindset of police systems for young people,” Gibson said.

Under the new policy, students will have access to "restorative justice" and social-emotional learning programs, KABC reported.

School officials also plan to hire 85 clinical social workers to intervene with students as needed.

The costs of retraining school personnel and hiring the social workers is estimated to be between $16 million and $21 million per year.

"We've heard from students, teachers and parents across our city, and as a result, we're revolutionizing our school system and giving our kids the social-emotional tools they need to ensure they develop into healthy adults," de Blasio said of the policy changes. "I'm proud that New York City is leading the way in our schools, using research-backed methods that encourage the whole growth of every student."

“This is a moment of change, this is a moment where students are going to get the support they need to be their best selves,” he added, according to The New York Times. “It’s going to help us build a stronger and fairer city.”

Many teachers, as well as the union that represents the school safety agents, said that de Blasio’s policies are tying the hands of school professionals by stripping them of the authority to enforce discipline at their own discretion, The New York Times reported.

Although de Blasio has boasted that major crime in schools has dropped almost 30 percent since he took office, some teachers argue that the schools are simply underreporting incidents in order to appease the mayor’s office.

“I have mixed feelings — my first reaction is obviously it’s great, because it reduces the school-to-prison pipeline,” a Progress High School employee in Brooklyn told the New York Post.” On the other side, I feel like it’s a way of manipulating data.”

“If you look at the infraction, the things [students] would get suspended for in the past are now being issued warning cards — and so it skews your data,” the educator explained.

“If I’m a new principal and you leave it up to my judgement, am I going to be inclined to give that student a suspension and raise my numbers — or am I going to be inclined to make it a mandatory guidance conference?” the employee asked. “You now give me, an administrator, the ability of continuing to low-ball my numbers by leaving it up to me.”

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beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Police have historically issued too many citations to hispanic and black children for crimes they've committed. Read that again: FOR CRIMES THEY'VE COMMITTED. Apparently, now you can do the crime and not do the time. The inmates will be running the asylum.

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Not sure which is worse these days, being a cop or being a teacher!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Hello people of NYC. If you voted for this colossal asshat I hope you're proud of yourselves.

Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

Debl ass sio is a stupid shit

trainbuff
trainbuff

Aw shucks, let kids be kids, how far out of hand could that possibly get? And besides, if you have to rewrite the rules to favor two groups who continually misbehave, yet other groups don't appear on your arrest hot list, isn't this racism?

There's a fine line between letting kids be kids and why they keep animals in cages. I mean after all, we are talking about New York for Pete's sake! Lol!

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

Grog
Grog

de Blasio blatantly hates the police. ===[Abraham Lincoln High School sophomore Shaena Gibson said that restricting law enforcement’s presence and authority on school grounds “could improve the perception of the police,”]=== A successfully indoctrinated, liberal, turd!

OldVet
OldVet

New York and California are having a competition for stupidity.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Shaena "Gibbon" Gibson, No photo necessary.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

So basically thug students can terrorize the schools unless they rape or shoot somebody. That mayor is the biggest idiot. It’s amazing how idiots like him gets elected into office.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Politicians. Gotta love em. Always coming up with stupid ideas. Here's another one. Lets give all the black and hispanic students a free pass. That'll teach them a lesson. Why are politicians scared shitless of minorities????

magnumforc
magnumforc

"According to the mayor and school officials, police have historically issued too many citations to Hispanic and black children for crimes they’ve committed." Enough said...they ARE criminals...

junkmansj
junkmansj

SOUNDS LIKE PARKLAND,is there a stupid award for school safety in nyc

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

I'm truly surprised that De Blasio hasn't tried to completely disband the NYPD with the exception of those who keep his neighborhood safe and provide his security detail. I agree with Old Vet California and New York are in a race to completely destroy the states.

LAW169
LAW169

NYC is in for a hard lesson. Under reporting criminal activity in schools is a problem that has led to many victims.

Denial has led educators to stick their small brain heads in the sand and wah lah - no problem.

The wrong people are running our education institutions.

61mouse
61mouse

Attention all criminals you hearing what you want to hear from this asshole ??

61mouse
61mouse

It's because of assholes like him in charge is the increase in NYC LEOs suicides

LeoDad
LeoDad

Brilliant move. Ignore crimes and watch the crime statistics go down markedly. Them the mayor and school officials can pat either other on the back for solving the crime in schools problem. At the same time, students will be taught there are no penalties in life for their bad deeds.

chiefd
chiefd

And to think this clown wants to be president. God help the USA if DeBlasio ever gets elected to another position of power. What a dope. He and Cuomo are two of a kind. Throw in AOC, Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

That's right, let the thugs run the asylum!! Great idea DeBlasio!! Another liberal crackpot bent on pandering and destroying the city!!

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Shastabeau
Shastabeau

So now Deblasio is going to throw the teachers under the bus?

cspcapt
cspcapt

Is he really that stupid or does he work at it

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It is like de Blasio is trying to show who is boss here -- him or the police? Can he be allowed to get away with such a power play?

Ron1617
Ron1617

Definitely a recipe for disaster. Wait until you have a rape in a school and they send the perp to detention.

Cops kid
Cops kid

This is a joke... Isn't it ?