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Bronx Students Protest Ouster

Friday, March 30, 2007

REPORTER: Students from the Bronx Community School for Social Justice have protested the removal of an after school coordinator. Karim Lopez was asked to take his internship program to another location after he invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to observe the random security scanning of students last week. Lopez claims he did nothing wrong.

LOPEZ: I should have the right to associate. I should have the right to bring a civil liberties organization into the school to talk to the young people. The young people should have the right to talk to whoever they want to talk to.

REPORTER: A Department of Education spokeswoman says Lopez violated the rules by inviting the NYCLU without consent from school administrators. Several students refused to go through the metal detectors that morning to protest what they consider heavy-handed security tactics.

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