NJ students advocate for less policing, more counseling in schools

In the wake of fatal police shootings across the country involving Black and brown youth, some New Jersey high school students are requesting big changes inside their schools. They say many of New Jersey’s schools — predominantly ones where Black and brown children attend — invest too much in policing and not enough in counseling and other needed health-related resources.

In recent years, districts have deployed School Resource Officers, retired members of police departments, to act as mentors and keep school buildings safe. Student advocates say it’s time for the state to make a new investment.

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