Statement on Incident at Park Slope Collegiate

Statement on Incident at Park Slope Collegiate

Statement from Council Member Brad Lander on Incident Involving Park Slope Collegiate and Student Safety:

"I'm deeply distressed by last Thursday's incident at Park Slope Collegiate on the John Jay Educational Campus. I reached out immediately to the Police Commissioner’s office, and was assured that the incident is being investigated by the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau and the Investigative Unit of the School Safety Division. I’ve also been assured that it has also been referred to the civilian complaint review board. I will be following up to make sure that there is a thorough investigation and real accountability.

I have long been opposed to the placement of metal detectors on the John Jay campus, and this incident shows once more why it is time for them to go. Our schools must be a place where our kids are safe, but we can't achieve that by treating students like criminals, especially when there is already a deep disparity between which schools have scanners and which don't.

Thursday’s incident also shows the need for the City Council to strengthen the School Safety Act, legislation that will allow our schools to focus less on detention and more on prevention. That’s why I am signing onto legislation cosponsored by the council’s Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson and Council Member Corey Johnson that is being introduced at today's City Council meeting. 

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