The Cost of Handcuffing Students
According to the School Safety Advocacy Council:
New York City had to pay $54,000 to the four former students who filed lawsuit. The New York Daily News reported that a lawsuit filed five years ago by the New York Civil Liberties Union, accusing the New York School Safety Division of using handcuffs and arresting students for breaking school rules has reached a settlement.
Under the settlement the city will pay $54,000 to four plaintiffs, including $24,000 to Lameak Williams, who allegedly was beaten by school safety officers and charged with disorderly conduct when he refused to be searched for a cell phone.
The settlement also acknowledged reforms made to the division earlier this month that ensures safety officers will receive training in de-escalation and collaborative problem solving techniques.