Our national consciousness has been shocked by numerous videos of students, particularly black and Latinx youth, being thrown to the ground and handcuffed by law enforcement for things as small as not taking off headphones. According to the Urban Youth Collaborative and the Center for Popular Democracy, NYC has more than 5,500 New York Police Department personnel in its schools, compared to only 2,800 full-time counselors. Authored by Ashley Sawyer, a lawyer who works with children and youth at the intersections of the juvenile or criminal legal systems, and education. She currently works at Youth Represent in New York City and previously worked at the Education Law Center in Philadelphia.