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More than 10,000 NYC students are classified as ‘emotionally disturbed.’ Some are out to change that label.

08.30.2021 | Chalkbeat NY | A recent report from Advocates for Children of New York found an upward trend of “child in crisis” incidents, a New York Police Department label for instances in which a student in emotional distress is removed from class and then transported to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.

K.A. recalls receiving a call from her son’s school saying staff had called 911 when her son, who is mixed race, had an emotional outburst. Police responded to the call, and her son was ultimately taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

“They felt like he was out of control and called 911,” she said. “Instead of the school getting the services he needed, they called the police.” Read article