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Maricela Lopez, 310-720-4433, lastudentsdeserve@gmail.com
Marcus Benigno, 323-384-1819, marcus@aclusocal.org

October 24, 2017

WHAT: Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education will hold a public study session during its monthly Board Retreat to reassess its "random metal detector search policy" (LAUSD BUL-5424.2).

Stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, and advocates, will collectively call for an end to the ineffective and discriminatory policy and present community policy solutions that bolster school safety, improve school climate, and protect student rights.

"Random metal detector searches" are ineffective in promoting safety and foster a perception of a police-state environment that erodes school trust built with students and parents. Ultimately, these searches target students of color, have adverse psychological and social impacts, and undermine the quality education all students deserve.

WHO: StudentsNotSuspects coalition, youth leaders, educators, researchers, community members, LAUSD board members and staff

WHERE: Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, 333 South Beaudry Avenue, Blue Room, Los Angeles, CA 90017

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 1 p.m. LAUSD Study Session and public comment at approximately 3 p.m.

See LAUSD Study Session agenda: http://www.laschoolboard.org/sites/default/files/10-24-17SpclOBStudySession.pdf

See StudentsNotSuspects policy proposal: http://bit.ly/2gEa30g

StudentsNotSuspects is a broad, L.A.-based coalition advocating for the dignity and opportunity of all students and is comprised of students, youth leaders, parents, educators, and organizations including the ACLU of Southern California, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Public Counsel, Students Deserve, United Teachers Los Angeles, and Youth Justice Coalition.​

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