Handcuffed 7-Year-Old Sheds Light on NYPD in Schools

Reports about the arrest and handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy following an incident at a Bronx public school are putting a spotlight how police handle school discipline.

Eight hundred eighty-two students at school were arrested in the 2011-2012 school year and the group Advocates for Children says that number could be a lot lower with proper training of staff and school safety agents.

“More resources need to be pulled into training systems for school staff and school safety officers and generally increasing mental health services for youth,” said Bernard Dufresne, a lawyer with Advocates for Children.

Dufresne spoke Wednesday with WNYC’s Amy Eddings. Click above to hear audio.