Arrest of Bronx principal has parents questioning role of school safety officers

The arrest of the Guild High School principal and a school safety officer has many Bronx parents wondering when it is acceptable for a school officer to arrest a student. In February, Principal Michael Soquero and school safety aide James Burgos refused to allow school officer Juan Gonzalez to take a student from the building. Gonzalez called police and the principal and school aide were arrested and charged with assault. Department of Education officials released a statement saying when there is a criminal activity inside a school, the police are in charge as they would be anywhere. But parents and Soquero say there needs to be more clarity when defining a criminal offenses in school. Charges were dropped against Soquero and Burgos. The 16-year-old student and Gonzalez have both been transferred out of the school. Related story

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