Less Cops, More Counsellors in our Schools

Did you know that all 26 public high schools in Montgomery County have a police officer permanently assigned to them — but not all of them have a psychologist assigned to them? Our schools are over-policed. And unfortunately the population this most negatively effects are African-Americans and Latinos. Last year, a five-year-old child who ran away from East Silver Spring Elementary School was loudly mocked, berated and threatened by some of these police officers. Over-policing of our students is one contributor to what is known as the “schools-to-prison pipeline” (ie: the disproportionate tendency of minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to become incarcerated because of increasingly harsh school and municipal policies).

Last Sunday, June 6th, I attended a public demonstration in Takoma Park urging Counsellors Instead of Cops in our schools. The demonstration was organized and led by high school students of all colors. It was truly inspirational. I wanted to share with you some photos I took at this demonstration. They are below.

 

It’s really important that we elect members to the Maryland House of Delegates who will help provide funding for more counsellors in our schools & pass other legislation to undo the schools-to-prison pipeline. I need your help right now. Please click here to rush a donation to help elect me. Don’t delay!