ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Parents in the Rochester City School District marched to the central office Thursday night asking the district to invest in mental health.
They said children in this city are being impacted mentally, socially and emotionally by the violence around them and that it’s affecting their behavior at home and at school.
The “Violence Hurts Children Mental Health Sidewalk March” started at city hall and ended at the central office for a reason.
“We are standing here today, hopefully, the city and the school district in solidarity with us will help us identify and recognize and put resources into helping our children’s mental health,” parent Toyin Anderson said.
Anderson said parents want some of the district’s funding to be put toward mental health services.
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