SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Pioneer Valley Project came together for a protest on the steps of the Springfield City Hall on Thursday.
This protest is against the Springfield School Committee’s decision to allow the city’s police to access live and pre-recorded surveillance video inside the schools.
Protesters held signs in both English and Spanish that said things like we demand a seat, no more backroom deals, and more. 22News spoke to those in attendance calling for action.
“The fact that we have a policy that allows police to access video of students inside of your schools and most of us had no idea about this is truly unbelievable. The school committee members who voted for this policy actively prevented us from having a seat at the table. Today we are here to take our seat at the table.” Reverend David Lewis, President of the Pioneer Valley Project told us.
Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News, “This is for a catastrophic event – ‘God forbid!’ where time and information is of the essence for our Springfield Police and Fire Departments in order to protect and save the lives of our children, teachers and staff period. Safe guard language has also been put in place in order to protect the integrity of the specifics of this policy agreement.”