Some education advocates wonder whether the aggressive safety protocols at many school buildings have the psychological effect of preparing students not for life, but for a life of confinement. CityLimits.org reports that the Internet Protocol Digital Video System, a joint education-police program used in New York City schools, has been dubbed the “school-to-prison pipeline.” In addition to security cameras, the public school atmosphere in the city today includes more than 4,500 uniformed officers patrolling the halls and enforcement of zero-tolerance behavior policies.
Thousands of predominantly minority students attend “Impact” schools – a designation given to the most crime-ridden – who must walk through metal detectors and past armed police officers just to get to class. Students have expressed their objection in a variety of ways, including at a demonstration in Aug. 2006 on the steps of DOE’s central office at Tweed Courthouse. “We're students, not felons. We need books, not prisons,” hundreds of student demonstrators chanted.