BOSTON (WHDH) — Several Boston city councilors have sent Mayor Michelle Wu a letter outlining their concerns about safety at Boston Public Schools and, after receiving no response, are calling for a hearing.
The call for a hearing comes after several high-profile incidents, including shootings near a graduation ceremony in Charlestown last June, a 17-year-old who was shot dead outside Burke High School in October, and a teacher in Mattapan who died last week was injured trying to end an off-campus dispute between students.
Council member Erin Murphy, who said she was “concerned and fed up,” joins several other council members in voicing their concerns to the mayor’s office.
They are calling for the use of metal detectors in all schools and the re-establishment of a school police presence.
“I don’t think this should be a burden that teachers, social workers or careers counselors should bear. that we should have a better relationship and that the police should be part of the conversations and solutions,” she said.
In their letter to Wu, the council members wrote, “We understand that there are different opinions about the role of police officers in our schools, but there should be no question among city and state education officials about returning non-invasive technology like metal detectors.” and the presence of police officers in our schools.”
But not everyone agrees.
Leon Smith of Citizens for Juvenile Justice said: “The call for these school hardening measures comes at a time when enough data is emerging showing little to no evidence that these types of approaches are making schools safer.”
Smith, who has worked in the juvenile court system for 20 years, calls for more mental health professionals.
“When young people come to the door of the schoolhouse and have these mental health issues that they don’t get support for when they’re traumatized, we need to address those underlying needs,” he said.
The Boston Public School declined to comment.
Council members say they plan to schedule a hearing in the future.
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