Kansas City Public Schools Vote To Protect Students From ICE Agents

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Kansas City public schools have decided to let kids focus on getting an education rather than worry about federal agents taking them from class.

During Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Kansas City Public School board members unanimously voted to pass the Safe and Welcoming Schools resolution, which restricts U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from pulling a student out of class without a warrant, reported KSHB.

“We had an elementary kid break down crying because they were concerned that they would come home and their parents weren’t going to be there,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell.

The Kansas City, Kansas School District passed a similar resolution a few weeks ago.

In the KCK School District, 43 percent of students speak a language other than English at home. In the Kansas City School District it is 28 percent according to KSHB.

“Unless there is a warrant, which in many cases is not the case, no, the school system will not participate in any other those activities,” said Bedell.

The Kansas City School District is holding community meetings to help inform people of their rights. They are holding a meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Whittier Elementary School. The meeting will be in Spanish with English translators on site. Anyone is welcome to join.

KSHB reported on a terrible incident in Shawnee Mission School District that the KC School District hopes to avoid:

An undocumented immigrant mother, who wishes to protect her identity, said a few weeks ago ICE agents came to her door and detained her.

She said they went to Briarwood Elementary School in Shawnee for her son.

“When he got to the office there was an officer there. The principal told him that he was not going to go on the bus, that the officer was going to take him and his classmates saw him so he began to cry,” the mother said.

41 Action News reached out to the Shawnee Mission School District regarding this mother’s child. They said police came to pick the boy up after school and put him in protective custody because his parents were in ICE detention, and said they did everything they could to not upset the boy.

The boy’s mother said the incident has taken an emotional toll on her son.

“When I picked him up from the social worker he cried and he told me he didn’t want to go back to school,” the mother said. “He said that he was afraid. He was afraid that the officers would pick him up again. He was afraid that his classmates would ask him what was happening.”

A spokesperson with the Shawnee Mission School District said the district is not considering banning ICE from pulling students out of class without a warrant. They are not concerned with the emotional well-being of their students and do not care if their students live in fear of being taken away by federal agents while at school, even though the kids did nothing wrong.

Hopefully this resolution will prove effective in protecting children and creating a better environment for education. If so, it would be great to see more schools protect their innocent children from being abducted by federal agents.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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