ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — High school students opposed to the use of surveillance equipment in public schools are planning an event to let New York Gov. Andrew Como know about their concerns.

The group plans to gather outside the Democratic governor's Manhattan office on Thursday for a press conference to highlight $30 million in state grants to schools for the purchase of surveillance technology such as video monitoring and facial recognition software.

The students are all members of the New York Civil Liberties Union's Teen Activist Project. Members of the group say the state should invest in mental health programs and other ways to address concerns about school safety instead of paying for technology that raises concerns about privacy and government surveillance.