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    Concord School Board examines duties of school resource officer

    The police officer at Concord High School might wear a bullet-proof vest and carry a gun, but he is a trusted counselor, educator and first responder who looks out for students, school administrators said. But professionals are better equipped to handle those roles for Concord students than a member of the police department, some parents and students argued during a public hearing Wednesday night examining the role of the school resource officer. What little data exists shows that when an officer makes an arrest, Black students are put into the criminal justice system at higher rates than their white peers, ...


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    Case against Keys school dropped after cops tried to cuff 8-year-old. But it’s not over

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against three Monroe County School District employees sued over a 2018 incident in which Key West police officers tried to handcuff an 8-year-old boy at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher. But the lawsuit, filed in August 2020 in U.S. District Court in Key West by the boy’s mother, Bianca Digennaro, will continue against three Key West police officers, the Key West Police Department and the city of Key West, one of Digennaro’s attorneys said. U.S. District Court Chief Judge K. Michael Moore, in a March 2 order ...


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    Youth arrests ban bill spurred by Orlando incident advances through House panel

    Legislation inspired by the 2019 arrest of a 6 year-old Orlando girl that would prohibit arrests of children under 7 for non-forcible felonies passed through a House panel Thursday, a sign the bill could make it into law this year. The bill, HB 303, was amended by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Subcommittee to lower the age threshold from under 10 to under 7 and exempt forcible felonies. Children under 7 could still be arrested for murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, carjacking, robbery, assault and other violent crimes. “I can’t imagine my child put in handcuffs and hauled down ...


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    13 line up to join Mountain View's new police advisory board

    Activists calling for the defunding of police departments and current and former police personnel are among the candidates vying for a seat on Mountain View's newly created Public Safety Advisory Board, the city's first-ever attempt at civilian oversight for local law enforcement. City officials say a total of 13 applicants applied for a spot on the seven-member board, which was created last year following months of civil unrest and calls for police reform. The board serves an advisory role, and can only make recommendations to the department. Board members are expected to tackle possible changes to the Mountain View Police ...


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    Three Mayoral Candidates Commit to “Police-Free” Public Schools, Here's What That Means

    With protesters in the streets last summer demanding police accountability and cuts to the NYPD budget, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to move approximately 5,000 school safety agents from the Police Department to the Department of Education by June of 2022, a concession in the ongoing debate over whether police have a role to play in New York City public schools. It’s an issue that will land on the desk of the next mayor, and some mayoral candidates already are promising to go big, removing police from schools altogether, in part because they’re under pressure from vocal youth activists. At ...


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    Caplis: Colorado is poised to legalize crime in schools with school discipline legislation

    A bill supported by Gov. Jared Polis will effectively legalize many major crimes in all Colorado public schools, on school buses, and at school-sanctioned events including school sports and trips. Every student, including 18-year-old seniors, will be immune from arrest, and even a ticket, for a wide range of serious criminal offenses against students and teachers. Those crimes include violent physical assault, sexual battery, selling marijuana, false imprisonment, indecent exposure, street gang recruitment, theft, major property destruction, and more. Excerpt from bill: “A school resource officer or other law enforcement officer shall not arrest a student of the school, or ...


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    Why strip penalties — and protections — from our schools?

    A bill is going through our legislature right now, in the midst of grief from another shooting in Colorado, to let sex crimes slide, drug crimes go, property crimes pass, and auto theft happen for almost a million students in Colorado schools. The legislation is touted as the handcuff bill, to stop the practice of handcuffing elementary school students. Sounds reasonable, right? Until you read the other 95% of the text, with the real zinger being this excerpt: “The bill prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting students, or issuing a summons, ticket, or notice requiring the appearance of a student ...


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    Bill to lessen interactions between Colorado students and police is pulled by its sponsors

    Colorado Democrats killed off a priority bill on Tuesday, a policy they say was designed to limit harsh punishment in schools but one that faced heavy opposition for its unintended consequences. One of the bill’s lead sponsors, Denver Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod, said she and Sen. Janet Buckner, an Aurora Democrat, were prepared to amend the bill to address concerns from law enforcement officials, educators and others, but talks fell through late Monday. “We had a path forward and law enforcement came in and said no,” Herod said. She said both she and Buckner, who was not immediately available for ...


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    Sponsors withdraw Colorado bill that would have significantly reduced student tickets and arrests

    Thousands of Colorado students are referred to law enforcement each year by principals, teachers, and other school staff, and even more students are ticketed or arrested by police. A bill introduced in the state legislature last month would have dramatically decreased those types of interactions between students and police, springing a leak in what’s known as the school-to-prison pipeline. But educators, school district officials, and law enforcement agencies all raised concerns, with the strongest opponents even saying the bill would legalize crime. On Tuesday, the day before the bill was scheduled for a first hearing in the legislature, the bill’s ...


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    Sponsors withdraw Colorado bill that would have reduced student ticketing, arrests

    Thousands of Colorado students are referred to law enforcement each year by principals, teachers and other school staff, and even more students are ticketed or arrested by police. A bill introduced in the state legislature last month would have dramatically decreased those types of interactions between students and police, springing a leak in what’s known as the school-to-prison pipeline. But educators, school district officials, and law enforcement agencies all raised concerns, with the strongest opponents even saying the bill would legalize crime. On Tuesday, the day before the bill was scheduled for a first hearing in the legislature, the bill’s ...


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    Sponsors withdraw Colorado bill that would have significantly reduced student tickets and arrests

    Thousands of Colorado students are referred to law enforcement each year by principals, teachers, and other school staff, and even more students are ticketed or arrested by police. A bill introduced in the state legislature last month would have dramatically decreased those types of interactions between students and police, springing a leak in what’s known as the school-to-prison pipeline. But educators, school district officials, and law enforcement agencies all raised concerns, with the strongest opponents even saying the bill would legalize crime. On Tuesday, the day before the bill was scheduled for a first hearing in the legislature, the bill’s ...


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    Bill to lessen interactions between Colorado students and police is pulled by its sponsors

    Thousands of Colorado students are referred to law enforcement each year by principals, teachers and other school staff, and even more students are ticketed or arrested by police. A bill introduced in the state legislature last month, SB21-182, would have dramatically decreased those types of interactions between students and police, springing a leak in the oft-maligned school-to-prison pipeline. But educators, school district officials and law enforcement agencies all raised concerns, with the strongest opponents even saying the bill would “legalize crime.” On Tuesday, the day before the bill was scheduled for a first hearing in the legislature, the bill’s sponsors ...


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    When typical middle school antics mean suspensions, handcuffs or jail

    Fordham Institute, an overwhelming majority of teachers viewed suspension and expulsion as useful ... But if it’s happening in a school and there’s no blood … that kid does not need to be arrested.” ...


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    Suspensions, handcuffs, jail — middle school discipline falls heavily on vulnerable kids

    Pep rallies are supposed to be joyful, loud and unabashed. Having just turned 12 in the fall of 2017, Alan bubbled over with excitement ahead of his first rally at Deming Intermediate School in Deming, New Mexico, a small city near the Mexican border. Alan is a soulful boy going through life with a collection of medical conditions including Tourette syndrome. His tics and shouts, all beyond his control, make him an easy target for bullies and, to some school staff, a problem student to be corrected. (We are using Alan’s middle name to protect his privacy.) At the rally ...


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    He was a champion of police in schools. A year after George Floyd, he’s changed his mind.

    For nearly 15 years — the span of his political career — Craig Rice was a champion of police in public schools. He helped to shape Maryland’s School Resource Officer Program as a delegate in the state legislature from 2007 to 2009. After being elected to the Montgomery County Council, he led a push to quadruple the size of the officer program in the county’s school system. In early 2020, when activists in the liberal D.C. suburb pressured the council against further expanding the program, Rice (D-District 2) retorted that they were engaging in “crazy talk.” “People who are trying ...


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    High school students: Police don't belong in schools. Here's how we forced them out.

    Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has one of the largest school police departments in the country. Black students make up less than 9% of the district, but between 2014 and 2017, 25% of all citations, diversions and arrests made by school police were of Black students. We have been targeted and criminalized for everything from dehydration to depression, accused of using drugs or being thugs, and even pepper-sprayed while walking to class. We have not been looked at as young, gifted, Black children who deserve investment and support. Well, Black students just made history. Our organizing led to the ...


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    Bill to bar arrests of children under 7 in Florida caught in police reform standoff

    A plan in the Legislature to prohibit the arrest of children younger than 7 in most instances, inspired by an incident involving an Orlando 6-year-old in 2019, is once again caught up in a larger bill in the last days of the legislative session. The measure died last year in the final days of the session because it was part of a school safety bill that tanked amid disagreements between House and Senate leaders. This year, the provision is contained in a comprehensive police reform bill that Black lawmakers especially have been pushing for as a response to the murder ...


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    Bill to bar arrests of children under 7 in Florida caught in police reform standoff

    A plan in the Legislature to prohibit the arrest of children younger than 7 in most instances, inspired by an incident involving an Orlando 6-year-old in 2019, is once again caught up in a larger bill in the last days of the legislative session. The measure died last year in the final days of the session because it was part of a school safety bill that tanked amid disagreements between House and Senate leaders. This year, the provision is contained in a comprehensive police reform bill that Black lawmakers especially have been pushing for as a response to the murder ...


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    Bill to bar arrests of children under 7 in Florida caught in police reform standoff

    A plan in the Legislature to prohibit the arrest of children younger than 7 in most instances, inspired by an incident involving an Orlando 6-year-old in 2019, is once again caught up in a larger bill in the last days of the legislative session. The measure died last year in the final days of the session because it was part of a school safety bill that tanked amid disagreements between House and Senate leaders. This year, the provision is contained in a comprehensive police reform bill that Black lawmakers especially have been pushing for as a response to the murder ...


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    Bill to bar arrests of children under 7 in Florida caught in police reform standoff

    A plan in the Legislature to prohibit the arrest of children younger than 7 in most instances, inspired by an incident involving an Orlando 6-year-old in 2019, is once again caught up in a larger bill in the last days of the legislative session. The measure died last year in the final days of the session because it was part of a school safety bill that tanked amid disagreements between House and Senate leaders. This year, the provision is contained in a comprehensive police reform bill that Black lawmakers especially have been pushing for as a response to the murder ...


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    Mayor Kevin Anderson, Sheriff Carmine Marceno agree at Dunbar meeting to foster change

    The faith community in Fort Myers' Dunbar neighborhood and beyond gathered Monday evening to make the case for solutions to social justice issues that hold back many residents when other parts of Lee County are thriving. The 10th Nehemiah Action session, both in-person and virtually, focused on two topics: affordable housing and protecting children from getting caught up in a cycle of involvement with the criminal justice system. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno and Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson were invited to make specific commitments. Fort Myers City Council member Liston Bochette was present for part of the session, and ...


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    As debate over police in Fresno schools nears critical vote, critics slam FUSD surveys

    Most Fresno Unified parents and staff want police officers on campuses and say they have had positive experiences with armed officers, according to the results of a recent survey on campus policing in the city’s public schools. The report is the second formal survey conducted. The studies represent the district’s formal analysis of community input during the months-long debate over the use of police officers on Fresno school campuses. “Findings from analysis of the survey data revealed that most stakeholders have positive experiences with (campus police) and indicated that (campus police) presence on school campuses was important,” the analysis said. ...


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    Students Feel Unsafe and Anxious With Police in Schools

    When Kyson Taylor, a junior at Rockville’s Richard Montgomery High School, winds the same path to his psychology class every day, he can feel the eyes following his movements. Despite having few direct interactions with his school resource officer — the police officer assigned to monitor Richard Montgomery — the man watched him intensely every day on that route. “It makes me feel very uncomfortable,” Taylor said. With frequent police murders and abuse in the country, especially against people of color, he said it was hard knowing that “an emblem of a racist force” was “watching me walk to school ...


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    Cops back on campus: Fremont school district will spend $913,000 to keep police patrols of high schools

    School district leaders in Fremont said they plan to spend more than $900,000 annually to ensure city police officers will continue to patrol the district’s six high school campuses as part of a longstanding program that has been disbanded, partially reinstated, and renegotiated in the last several months. The Fremont Unified School District board voted 4-1 to fully reinstate and fund the School Resource Officer program early Thursday morning during a school board meeting that started Wednesday night. Board member Dianne Jones dissented, saying she still thinks the program should be ended, based on a task force recommendation to do ...


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    Get rid of police at Fresno Unified schools? It would be better to reinvent them instead

    The Fresno Unified School District is confronting what role police should have on local campuses. As has occurred elsewhere, police here get criticized for too often focusing enforcement against children of color. Proponents of having less policing at schools want funds directed away from police and into services like counseling. By helping troubled youths, their thinking goes, safety overall will improve and the unfair treatment of Blacks and Latinos will end. Strong arguments are also made by proponents of keeping police at schools to protect students, teachers and staff from anyone intent on causing harm. OPINION A vigorous campaign has ...


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    Opinion: Police officers and school discipline is a dangerous combination

    Kaia was 6 years old when she was arrested at her school in Orlando and put in the back of a police car. Yes, you read that right — she was 6. And why did Kaia end up in handcuffs? Because she had a tantrum (brought on by her sleep apnea) and kicked a school staffer who was grabbing her wrists in an effort to calm her down. The charges against Kaia were dropped, but the trauma she experienced will stay with her forever. And as if this story couldn’t get any more infuriating, she was just oneof two 6-year-olds ...


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