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SRO's do more good than harm

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Started: 1/10/2019 Category: Education
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A: Leads vulnerable students to prison

R: SRO’s are often misjudge situations and overpunish

E: USA news: “they are worsening the situation, Facilitating the "school-to-prison pipeline" rather than curbing it. Thanks to inconsistent training models and a lack of clear standards, Critics contend school officers are introducing children to the criminal justice system unnecessarily by doling out harsh punishments for classroom misbehavior” — USA news

E: ACLU: Growing numbers of districts employ school resource officers to patrol school hallways, Often with little or no training in working with youth. As a result, Children are far more likely to be subject to school-based arrests—the majority of which are for non-violent offenses, Such as disruptive behavior—than they were a generation ago —ACLU

R: Give large punishments for small misbehaviors

E: In Virginia, A middle school student was charged with assault and battery with a weapon for throwing a baby carrot at her teacher. —ACLU

E: On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Georgetown County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 17-year-old David Michael Elliott after his instructor, Edward McIver, Told them he was struck in the eye by a paper airplane he threw during class. He was charged with third-degree assault and battery. --ACLU

R: Supports “school-to-prison pipeline

E: In fact, Hundreds of school districts across the country employ discipline policies that push students out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at alarming rates—a phenomenon known as the school-to-prison pipeline. — tolerance. Org

A: Does not form any relationships

R: Officers don’t want to spend time with students

E: Outside his old high school, On Chicago's northwest side, 19-year-old Antonio Magic says if SROs are supposed to build relationships with students they often don't do a good job of it. "The only time I seen police interacting with students, " says Magic, "was when students were being arrested.

A: Does not improve safety

R: The odds of a school shooting are incredibly low

E: The odds of a given child getting killed in a mass school shooting — or any school shooting — are literally less than 1 in 1 million says NYT

A: Creates Bias

R: SROs will unjustly give punishments to minorities

E: Black students account for 27 percent of law enforcement referrals and 31 percent of school-related arrests, Even though they represent only 16 percent of overall school enrollment. Students with disabilities account for a quarter of law enforcement referrals and arrests, But only represent 12 percent of overall school enrollment. Students with disabilities, Like the two children in Kentucky, Also represent 75 percent of the cases in which students were physically restrained.

E: Nationally, Black students are about 3 times more likely to be arrested at school than white students. Children with disabilities are also 3 times more likely to be arrested compared to their peers. In California, Black students with disabilities – compared to white students without disabilities – are 16 times more likely to be ARRESTED AT SCHOOL.

R: People agree there is bias

E: “The facts are in black and white for all to see: Racism is alive and well in our American school system, ” said Judith Browne Dianis, Executive director of the national office of the Advancement Project, A civil rights group.

Impact: Why should SROs, Who only provide harm

Extra Evidence:

Approximately $23 million taxpayer dollars were spent to supplement local district funding for SROs in North Carolina between 2013 and 2017. _brookings. Edu

IMPACT: the impact of this is that minorities will be discriminated against in schools, Devastating their education and traumatizing their families.



these kids deserve what's coming to them. I like the way you think brother. You and i can topple these pesky SRO's. And then they'll have nowhere to hide, Sitting like ducks these kids. Nowhere to hide from the Supreme Gentleman
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