99% of students cuffed in NYC schools are black, Hispanic: report

Ben Chapman
The New York Daily News

Black and Hispanic kids accounted for 99% of all public school students handcuffed by NYPD school safety agents in crisis incidents in 2016, data published Monday shows.

A “child in crisis” incident is one where a student displaying signs of emotional distress is removed from the classroom and taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.

In 2016, there were 262 child in crisis incidents where handcuffs were used, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which first reported the data — and all but three of those incidents, or 259, involved black or Latino children.

NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said kids who are subject to police action in school suffer academically and emotionally.

“When a child is handcuffed, the child is humiliated,” Lieberman said.

“It’s incompatible with the safe and supportive learning environment a school is supposed to provide,” Lieberman added.

Police and city school statistics show overall police actions in schools are declining, but black and Hispanic students are still far more likely to land in trouble with the law compared to their peers.

The data reported Monday by the NYCLU is the first such release of school police data. The data set includes other information on police activity in city schools.

The statistics were published by the NYPD under amendments to the city’s Student Safety Act made in 2015 that require more transparency on police action in the public schools.

City Education Department officials and the NYPD did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the NYCLU report.a

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