From the Associated Press:
- A coalition of non-governmental groups launched a new campaign Sunday aimed at stopping high schools in Puerto Rico from giving student information to U.S. military recruiters.
The Citizen Coalition Against Militarism will visit high schools around the U.S. Caribbean territory this week to urge students and parents not to allow schools to release students’ names, addresses, phone numbers and other data to military recruiters, the group said in a statement.
“Parents of students … have the moral responsibility to defend the life and privacy of their children,” said the coalition, a mix of anti-war groups, human rights organizations and teachers’ unions.
The group plans to distribute forms that students and parents can send to schools asking them to withhold personal data from military recruiters, as allowed under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the group said.
Last year, nearly half of parents of high school students in Puerto Rico asked schools not to release such information to recruiters.