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New York Set to Revise Role of School Safety Agents

07.03.2018 | WNYC | Advocates for students said this is a surface-level solution to a broader issue of overly involving agents and police officers in student discipline and mental health crises. Since 2012, school safety agents have issued fewer summonses and arrests but they are still heavily involved when it comes to responding to instances of a "child in crisis," according to quarterly data released by the NYPD. "We're having a police response to to a mental health issue," said Dawn Yuster, director of the School Justice Project for the non-profit group Advocates for Children. "We really need to take a look at how we're managing that." Read article