RPS Direct Update - July 23, 2020
Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'd like to begin this evening by expressing my deep appreciation to the RPS students who organized, moderated, and participated in this afternoon's discussion about police in schools. Please join me in thanking Jazz Miles for leading this effort, Asia Goode and Kamari Branch for co-moderating, and Victoria Allen, Tanner Archer, Chaunte Early, Claire Hedburg, Nick Pollard, Corey Stuckey, Jordan Walker, and Deon Wright for sharing their perspectives. If you didn't get a chance to watch, I urge you to to do so as soon as possible. You'll find yourself inspired, informed, and challenged by these future leaders of our city. I was deeply affected by our students' comments. Their concern about having police in our schools wasn't about the individual officers, many of whom are beloved. Rather, it was about the institution of policing in schools. As one participant noted: "as Black and Brown students, we feel like we're seen as criminals before students." Click above to read more!