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SAFE: One Day in an Over-Policed NYC Public School

Metal detectors. Pat downs. Penalties. No, it's not a prison: it's a New York City public school.

Follow six teenagers as they navigate the city, their schools, and post-pandemic budget cuts to what actually matters to them. Based on interviews with real students, the New York Civil Liberties Union presents this 45-minute musical that asks the question: what actually makes our kids feel SAFE? 

SAFE is a 45-minute musical chronicling a day in the life of two NYC teens. In two different public high schools, Zyniah and Fredo get pulled out of the metal detector line for patdowns, triggering two very different days. Will Ms. Hughes understand or will Zyniah get punished for being late? Will Fredo get his ice skates back in time for tryouts after school? SAFE explores how we got here – historically, mayorally – and how more cops, more metal detectors and a punitive environment are making kids feel anything but safe.

Co-Presented by the New York Civil Liberties Union and BAM

Written and Directed by Jess McLeod

Songs by Brian Quijada

Choreographed by Voltaire Wade Greene

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