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Lawyers’ Committee Endorses the Joint Issue Brief: “Police in Schools are Not the Answer to the Newtown Shooting”

January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) endorses the Joint Issue Brief of the Advancement Project, Alliance for Educational Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The Lawyers' Committee commends Vice President Biden and the administration for working on common sense gun control through the White House Task Force on Guns, and we urge the administration to continue in these efforts and not to default to ineffective practice of increasing police presence in schools.  Just as we need common sense gun control, we need common sense solutions to the violence. We have more police in schools than we have had in 20 years. They are mostly stationed in inner city schools, where violence tends to happen outside of school grounds.  Though well-intentioned, this approach to "police" our schools has harmed young people.  Students arrested in school are significantly more likely to be held back, drop out, and be put on a pathway to prison instead of college or career.

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