Boston City Councilors pen letter to Mayor Wu calling for metal detectors and police in schools

Several Boston City Councilors penned a letter to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Friday, calling for metal detectors and police to be reinstated in schools.

In a statement on Councilor Erin Murphy’s Twitter page, the group, consisting of Murphy, Ed Flynn, Michael Flaherty and Frank Baker, called for the safety measures in order to curb a rising trend of harassment and violence in schools.

“No student should ever be placed in a situation where they fear for their safety or are sexually threatened,” said the councilors.

“Although the school system has promised to communicate more openly when incidents happen, and make bold changes to ensure that our students and staff are safe at school, this school year has not been much different. During the 2021-2022 school year, there were 440 reported incidents of bullying and 744 sexual assaults reported. There have been many disturbing incidents at our schools and on our school buses this year. Stabbings, gun shots, bullying, physical attacks, loaded guns and sexual assaults have been happening across the city.”

A Boston school teacher was hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon after intervening in a fight between a group of girls, according to police.

Both the teacher and the student were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests have been made.

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