Montgomery County, Maryland Press Conference to Remove Police From Schools

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Two Montgomery County lawmakers are again pushing to remove police officers from public high schools, marking the latest chapter in the suburb’s debate over racial equity and school safety.

Council members Will Jawando (D-At Large) and Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced a bill Tuesday to prohibit the county police chief from implementing the School Resource Officer program, which places armed officers in most public high schools and some middle schools in the county of 1 million people.

The lawmakers say the $3 million that funds the officer program should instead be used to expand mental health resources and after-school activities for students, as well as train school employees in restorative justice. SEE the FULL Article HERE
Racial Justice NOW! parent, H.A. Jabar, participated in today’s press conference that announced the Bill Proposal for the removal of SROs in Montgomery County Schools. Jabar stated that he was in support of the bill and the removal of police from schools. Jabar thanked Councilman Jawando and Reimer for their leadership and  said that after reading the four page memo and bill, he came away with 3 main points:
  1. Bill 46-20 outlines shows and proves that the school to prison pipeline is live, well, and prospering in the Montgomery county Maryland school system.
  2. It as abundantly clear that the Montgomery county Maryland school system has Anti-Blackness embedded in its system, so much so that this can clearly be called “systemic racism”.
  3. The school district mirrors the state of Maryland which incarcerates more African American men than any other state in the nation.

Jabar gave his support for restorative justice and culturally relevant restorative practices.

The video clip is of a former MCPS student stating SROs treated him horribly!

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