Security Officers Speak Out, State Senators Call for Safety First at EAA Schools Ahead of Potential Expansion

Detroit 3Senator Coleman Young II, Senator Bert Johnson, security officers, and concerned members of the community gathered outside of Cadillac Place on Grand Boulevard to expose serious safety concerns at EAA schools. Officers are reporting a lack of adequate training, high turnover and little support from Prudential—the company hired by taxpayers and entrusted with the safety of the children at EAA schools. These reports, along with Prudential’s legal history, have prompted Senator Coleman Young II to introduce an amendment that raises safety standards at EAA schools.

“I’m not going to wait for a tragedy to happen,” says Senator Coleman Young II. “That’s why I’m introducing an amendment that will put our kids’ safety first. Companies that receive taxpayer dollars need to abide by the law and ensure the highest safety standards for our children.”

Security officers are blowing the whistle on safety issues. Officer Robert Booker from Central High School states, “We’re not getting the training we need. Officers are doing the best they can, but Prudential isn’t helping us.  The lack of training, high turnover and lack of support from the company is putting kids and staff at risk.”

Prudential’s questionable legal history is also coming under scrutiny. They have been sued twice by the EEOC, and they hired an alleged criminal as a director of operations—a man who allegedly assaulted someone with a dangerous weapon and threated to have someone shot. Legislators and members of the community are asking whether a company like Prudential can be trusted with the security of our schools.

Senator Bert Johnson adds, “The lack of safety in EAA schools is yet another indictment of this failed experiment. We already knew the EAA was unable to deliver a proper education to its students and now we know it can’t even protect the children it is entrusted with.”

In support of school safety, Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood released a statement saying, “The first and foremost concern when it comes to our youth is their safety. The EAA has demonstrated an inability to protect the children in its schools by hiring a private security contractor with a questionable legal history, reports of inadequate training for its staff, irresponsible behavior, and widespread claims of wage theft. None of these allegations are acceptable in any professional setting, let alone one responsible for the daily care of our children.”

Prudential is hired by taxpayers to provide security to 15 EAA schools. In light of a potential expansion of schools under the EAA’s administration, legislators are examining the safety standards of the security contractor operating in their existing schools. They are proposing a common sense amendment that would require that security companies have a clean legal history and adhere to higher safety and training standards.

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