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In the justice system one is deemed innocent until proven guilty In myschool however one is deemed guilty until proven innocent Forthousands of New York City public school students like me school daysbegin with waiting on line to walk through metal detectors According tothe constitution one has the right to due process to either prove theirinnocence or guilt In my school your innocence is proven by thescanners green light and your guilt is proven by its red light Sometimes we must stand outside in the rain or snow until it is our turnto remove our belts jewelry keys and anything else that might tip offmetal detectors If for some odd reason you still ring off afterpassing through detectors you must get your bag that has also beenscanned and go to be hand-wanded and possibly patted down by policepersonnel After this long scanning process that can take anywhere from5 minutes to 45 minutes youre late and in danger of beinginterrogated by school safety agents wondering why you are in thehallway without a pass As a result of this demoralizing process students feel like lessercitizens They enter the classroom feeling violated If a teacher evenasks a student about why they are late this is enough to trigger anaggressive response If a student is made to feel like a criminalthats exactly what theyll act like This system that is supposedly forthe benefit of safety in school has a negative domino effect onstudents social cognitive and emotional growth They say that thepolicy is for our safety but metal detectors and aggressive schoolsafety agents dont make me feel safe They actually incite mistrusttension and animosity between peers and staff The metal detectorsimpair the educational environment and provide a false sense ofsecurity While I understand where these policies originated from and understandthat everyone wants a safe school environment several studies haveshown it to be ineffective as an educative measure Incidents that canbe handled using alternative measures are handled
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