Stakes is High


And while we wait for the first big headline reading “SRO Engages School Shooter, Saves 14,” the stuff that shows up in the media usually looks like more of a problem than a solution.

Dealing with unruly kids loaded with hormones all day can test anyone’s patience—especially if you didn’t really want the SRO detail because you’re into action more than “monitoring.”

Maybe that’s why sometimes it seems like cops in schools get a little worked up over stuff that might not even register on the street.

Anyway, a school kid recently paid for her cafeteria lunch with a $2 bill.

Confused, a hairnet-wearing lunch lady notified a school police officer.

Needless to say, after a lot of hard work and a trip to the bank, the intrepid crime-fighters determined that justice had indeed been served.



This is one of many reasons why I vehemently opposed police in our schools. Police are trained to deal with adults not children and adolescents in a school environment. What ends up happening is that children are being criminalized for normal behavior, behavior that anyone of us would have gotten a spanking or suspension for when we were growing up. Children are being forced into the justice system needlessly and irresponsibly, largely because SRO’s fail to keep themselves out of disciplinary issues and that school administrators often rely upon SRO’s to enforce discipline. It’s a line that keeps getting crossed and creates situations where 5 year old’s are being handcuffed, adolescents are being thrown across the floor, etc. I understand that people are fearful of another Columbine, but until school districts and police clearly understand the lines of responsibilities and do not cross them, the presence of police walking the halls in our schools poses the greater threat.

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