ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman offered guidance to help ensure schools are safe havens for learning.
This comes after there have been reported incidents of bias and discrimination at schools across the state.
“There is literally nothing more important than the safety of our children. As adults we are morally bound to ensure both their physical and emotional well-being,” Commissioner Elia said. “Students must feel safe in the classroom to be able to learn. As state and educational leaders, it is our responsibility to foster an open dialogue with students and employees about discrimination, harassment, and intimidation and send a strong message that these types of behaviors will not be tolerated in our schools.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also called for training of both staff and students on discriminatory behavior prohibited under state law.