Providence students rally over school security

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Students in Providence gathered at City Hall Wednesday to speak out about school security.

The Providence Student Union, along with other organizations, met to kick off their ‘Counselors not Cops’ campaign.

Students said they are upset about the negative impact of armed officers in schools.

The campaign came after a student was killed outside Classical High School last September.

“If a team of police officers couldn’t stop that, I think we need to reformat the lines that we’re using to look at students, especially in a very diverse place like Providence,” said C.H.S. student Ahmed Sesay.

Providence City Council member Nirva LaFortune also supported their expression of free speech and desire to shed light on the issue.

“The students are saying their voices need to be heard and they need to be a part of the conversation and we need to listen to them. And they’re also sharing some personal experiences,” LaFortune said.

Students released a list of demands to the Providence City Council, including to increase the amount of mental health specialists, nurses and non-academic advisors, such as social workers, in both middle schools and high schools.

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