Vancouver could become the first city in Canada to ban police from schools
A motion to review the role of the Vancouver Police Department and RCMP in schools is being drafted by school board trustees in B.C.
Members of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association voted not to invite VPD or RCMP to any school events nor attend or plan any events where they are invited. This would mean a suspension of the school liaison officer program and the end of police doing community outreach in schools.
Protests against police brutality, racial profiling and anti-Black racism have been sweeping the country all over the world in recent weeks.
Let's get #CopsOutOfSchools! Read our letter of support for the petition urging the #Vancouver School Board to remove police from schools. You can contact #VSB superintendent & trustees, & sign the petition before Monday's meeting: https://t.co/LgJ6MhMh6Mhttps://t.co/m25zaVswlL— Pivot Legal Society (@pivotlegal) June 20, 2020
If you support removing police from Vancouver schools, you can add your name as a signatory to "Police Free Schools are Safer Schools: The end of policing in Vancouver schools" online. The petition has gained support from Pivot Legal Society.
"We call for the immediate end to School Liaison Officer Programs and the redirection of investments into community-led programs in schools," reads the letter which also notes "SLOs are disproportionately placed in schools with more Black, Indigenous, marginalized, and low-income students,(10) who already experience over-policing."
VPD Union President, Ralph Kaiser is actively retaliating to VESTA's motion to ban police in Vancouver Elementary Schools by sharing videos/articles promoting Police in schools. @rkaisers please stop intimidating teachers/students lobbying for safer spaces #PoliceDontNeedUnions https://t.co/YZOapEJreS— Markiel Simpson (@MarkielSimpson) June 21, 2020
Saw the petition from @HarshaWalia about removing police from Vancouver schools and thought "I wonder what @AbbotsfordSD is saying about this" and, of course, another post about how much we love cops even though they endanger Black, Indigenous people and racialized folk daily. https://t.co/9NH25tbagA— Amrit (@Amrit_HxH) June 19, 2020
Kaisers isn't the only one facing scrutiny for opposing the idea; some are slamming Abbotsford Schools in B.C. for promoting the local police department on their social media channels.
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