Tuesday, February 25, 2020
School Arrests Are Down But Are Schools Safer?
The De Blasio administration was happy that the NYPD reported a decrease of 55% in arrest of students. However, that does not make the schools safer since the decrease was based on school reforms.
These school reforms decriminalizes many actions such as drugs, insubordination, threats and many other actions. Moreover, principals were no longer were ale to suspend students without the approval of the DOE at Tweed and were encouraged to handle misbehaving students "in-house", which included "warning cards" and restorative justice instead of suspension and arrest. Finally. the NYPD reforms that reduced misbehavior by the public also apples to the students which also reduced criminal charges.
Obviously, statistics can lie when criminal student behavior is reduced to a non-criminal offense, giving the false impression o reduced criminality. Does this makes schools safer? Of course not and can increase school safety issues as students who made otherwise be suspended or arrested are free to cause havoc in the schools. Just look at the disconnect between weapons found in the schools and suspensions.
The New York Daily News has an article about this Here.