A new study confirms that the presence of police, or School Resource Officers, in Massachusetts educational institutions is “detrimental to students and disproportionately harms Black and brown children.” The researchers also found the majority of reported crimes were for low-level school-related offenses, which advocates say should be handled by schools—not law enforcement.
Schools in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland, Or., promised to remove officers, with the Seattle superintendent saying the presence of armed police “prohibits many students and staff from feeling fully safe.”
The alerts, like modern variations of bank-teller alarm buttons, silently transmit information to 911 dispatchers and police, such as the precise location of the caller, school floor plans and live video feeds from cameras on campus.
In a tabulation of threats made by schoolchildren, the South Florida Sun Sentinel said some were the idle words of indiscreet adolescents, but a “disturbing number” came from mentally impaired children who are fixated on violence and have access to guns at home.
Teenagers in at least eight high schools across Wisconsin were involved in crime incidents within three days this week, leaving some parents and school officials helpless and police in a position of using deadly force on children.
Last week’s deadly shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Ca., prompted calls for more metal detectors at schools. Safety experts say that’s the wrong response. There’s a cheaper, more effective approach, but it’s a tough sell.
Texas prosecutors agree with defense attorneys for the teenager accused of killing eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School last year that he is not mentally competent to stand trial now.
While the federal government has spent close to $1 billion to deploy School Resource Officers, many of them armed, in our nation’s public schools, it remains “unclear how effective” they are, said a new study.
Surveillance video of a security guard from Oregon’s Parkrose High School security guard and coach Keanon Lowe disarming a student who brought a gun to school has drawn nationwide praise for Lowe’s response and his compassion. The Parkrose School District says the tape should not have been released.