WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plan to militarize schools and overpolice children:
“Sessions’ plan is unacceptable and will harm our children – especially children of color. The Trump administration’s response to the epidemic of gun violence is inexplicably more guns. This administration has shown an open hostility to children’s civil rights and this plan takes that to the next level. Instead of meaningful solutions that would keep children safe, like increasing safety restrictions and limitations on gun purchases and providing more school counselors, this plan will overpolice children and militarize schools. It must be scrapped.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.