Posted on Tuesday, September, 3rd, 2019 in Newsroom.
A day after a manhunt closed schools across the Front Range and suburban districts once again considered how to beef security, parents in Denver Public Schools gathered to share concerns about their students’ safety.
They weren’t worried about school shootings. Instead, they talked about how increased police and security staff results in their children being treated like criminals, and they asked the school system to make changes, including eliminating police officers on the campuses.
Monica Acosta, who attended Denver schools in the early 2000s and is now organizing director of Padres & Jovenes, said her brother is an example of the “school to prison pipeline.” He was first suspended at age 6 for pushing another student, and now cycles in and out of jail as an adult, she said.