Manuela Slye, a member of the AUS School of Education’s Committee of Community Advisors (CCA), was recently quoted in The Seattle Times, speaking with journalists about a white Van Asselt Elementary School teacher’s decision to call the police after an unarmed black fifth grader threatened to beat the teacher up.
From The Seattle Times:
Manuela Slye and other advocates say the teacher’s impulse to involve police over a behavioral dispute — especially with a student so young — sets a harmful precedent.
“This screams school-to-prison pipeline,” said Slye, who is president of Seattle Council PTSA, a citywide parent-teacher association. She would like to see the district take immediate action, provide more de-escalation training and establish a protocol for when or if to involve law enforcement.
The full article is available here.