Some students in Queens rallied outside an elected official's office against increased policing in schools.
Members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force gathered outside Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato's office calling on her to support and to help pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, legislation aimed at promoting a positive school environment and reducing racial differences in discipline.
"It's dehumanizing to have to go through metal detectors every day and to know that there is a school on the other side of the street that doesn't go through that and when you look at the racial divide that's when there really becomes a need," said Andrea Colon, Rockaway Youth Task Force.
In a statement Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato said since meeting with the Rockaway Youth Task Force in Albany she has signed onto the Safe and Supportive School Act. She added, "...I am confused by the actions of the RYTF this afternoon as I am a cosponsor of the bill and have been supportive of their advocacy on behalf of our community."
Organizers of the rally in Queens say they still feel as though the assemblywoman has not been hearing their voices because they say she hasn't responded to their request to set up a meeting.