Jeree Thomas Testifies Against Legislation Arming School Officers

Former Skadden Fellow Jeree Thomas ('11) of the Legal Aid Justice Center's JustChildren Program was quoted in an Associated Press article about legislation that would allow school security officers to be armed with stun guns, pepper spray and similar weapons, which is advancing in the Virginia General Assembly ("Bill to Arm Virginia School Officers With Stun Guns Advances," Feb. 16). Jeree, who has testified against the legislation, said she is concerned that "we'll be hearing about kids being pepper-sprayed or a child with a disability being stunned." Use of such weapons against students has spurred lawsuits and federal civil rights complaints in at least three states, she said.