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Keeping students out of school-to-prison pipeline

from District Administration Magazine

Though more districts are hiring school resource officers to keep students safe, some argue that schools with SROs have more student arrests than schools without the officers, contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. "There is really no evidence that SROs decrease crime in schools," says Jason Sinocruz, a staff attorney at the civil rights organization Advancement Project and a member of a team that works to end the school-to-prison pipeline. For example, after the Columbine shooting in 1999, Colorado increased security and police presence in schools. With these changes, more students were arrested for minor offenses such as disrupting class, but not for possession of weapons, which is what the presence of officers was intended to stop, Sinocruz says. more

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