Binghamton Schools Apologize To Police Over Book Read Aloud To Students
April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A book read aloud to Binghamton elementary school students has been met with criticisms from a local police union.
The Binghamton City School District says the book called "Something Happened In Our Town" by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzar, tackles social justice issues, but the Binghamton Police Benevolent Association says it disparages and demonizes police, leaving children with the impression that they can't be trusted.
As the book shares, 'there are many cops, black and white, who make good choices. ' The dialogue following the reading of this book draws awareness to bias, emphasizing that it is not okay to judge people based on their race, what they look and sound like, or the role they play in the community," reads a statement from the Binghamton City School District. In addition to the letter from the Binghamton police union, the school district says they also received several phone calls from parents expressing concerns over the book.
A spokesperson from Binghamton City School District clarifies that a video of a reading of the book has been removed from YouTube, it has not been removed from the curriculum.