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Local child psychologist discusses police presence in New York schools

A local child psychologist says police presence at schools may be “appropriate” to curb violence, but it’s not the only solution.

“Having more police officers may be appropriate to deescalate violent situations and keep other people from being injured,” said Dr. Reagan, a child psychologist at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, according to CNY Central.

She adds that other levels of support like community building, school psychologists, social workers, and other community agencies might help support students in other ways.

Dr. Reagan also spoke on the issue of students of color not feeling safer at schools with police present. She says the long-term and psychological implications need to be addressed.

For now, Dr. Reagan says schools should focus on having conversations about the best course of action moving forward for students to feel safe.