Monday, April 16, 2007


School police, saying halls meaner, seek bulletproof vests

‘Boston School Police officers say they want to start wearing bulletproof vests and carrying batons and pepper spray to protect themselves from increasingly brazen students who attack police officers as they break up fights.

The officers are fearing more for their safety as violence in the city’s streets spills into the schools, their union president said.

The bid for such equipment worries some school officials. One headmaster said a more heavily equipped police presence would send the wrong message to parents and students and could turn schools into combat zones, a common concern as schools ponder how far they need to go to protect teachers and students.’

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