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Parents object to Philly school safety chief with history of abuse claims

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Elizabeth Fiedler for NewsWorks

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The Philadelphia School District has made a controversial choice for its chief safety officer.

Some parents are not happy that the District selected a veteran city police officer who has been the subject of lawsuits claiming physical abuse and sexual harassment.

Philadelphia schools have a lot of challenges — and safety is at the top of the list for many parents and students.

Gerald Wright, co-founder of Parents United for Public Education, said he is surprised that Chief Inspector Carl Holmes was tapped for the important role of chief safety officer, given the controversy about Holmes’ history.

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