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  • Annalee Shelton

    Yes! Way more effective use of resources.

    • Marisa Schweikert

      Um no not really. See I've taught in many of the toughest public schools in NYC. And believe me we NEED security guards even at elementary school level. In my old school we had an art teacher and I did ALOT of art projects with my kids. But when one kid is strangling another while the rest of the class is engaged in an art project a security guard that's legally allowed to break up the fight comes in handy. See part of the problem is that some NYC school safety officers are lazy and don't want to do their job. This actually happened in my classroom. I sent a student to get the school safety officer he was told that she would come when she was good and ready but right now she was reading the newspaper. I broke up the fight myself figured the kid might die before she finished reading. But legally teachers aren't allowed to make ANY physical contact with children includings hugs, breaking up fights etc. So I cld've got in trouble for doing that but figured better than letting him get strangled.

      • Annalee Shelton

        Wow. Thank you for being the responsible one and making sure those kids were ok. I've never had an experience like you have, and I'm glad to hear that someone was thinking realistically. I grew up in an artistic community, and was lucky to benefit from a culture of art rather than a culture of violence. I believe that hiring more art teachers now is part of a long term solution, but I completely agree that a few art teachers are not going to solve the overarching problem. Thank you for doing the right thing for those kids!