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As a Harmony group member, I wished to voice my opinion on the discussions surrounding the elimination of the Faculty Useful resource Officer. Dwelling within the state Capitol ought to encourage us to set requirements which can be above different districts. We must be driving constructive change that is smart for each pupil.
As talked about in the course of the current public discussion board, there are numerous college students who really feel having an SRO within the constructing offers security, safety, and a way of group. We must be trying on the gaps which can be being proven by the scholars whose voices began this dialog. What must be added to our college group to make college students extra comfy? What different companies, packages, coaching, and folks ought to we be consulting to make sure that each pupil has somebody they’ll attain out to?
The board has been introduced with research and articles stating that having an SRO within the faculty constructing doesn’t present a way of safety or group. It’s being mentioned that an SRO provides to a pipeline for minority college students to be added to the juvenile system. Quite the opposite, to this assertion, The Workplace of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention posts a chart on-line that states, “The juvenile arrest charge for all offenses reached its highest degree in 1996, after which declined 75% by 2019.” (ojjdp.gov)
This authorities entity exhibits an arrest charge of adolescence from the ages of 10-17 all through the inhabitants declining. If the federal government states that juvenile arrest charges are down by 75%, why would we then state that having a Faculty Useful resource Workplace will increase the arrest charge?
I wish to encourage our group and board members to have a look at each side of this problem and search further info which may be contradictory to what they suppose or consider. If we’re analysis that exhibits the unfavorable impression of getting a Faculty Useful resource Officer, we must also be (and sharing) the analysis to point out the constructive impression. We are able to discover supporting analysis to assist our particular person statements, nevertheless it’s in trying on the different facet that we acquire readability and perspective.
By breaking up our group we’re persevering with to separate one another even additional. I consider that we’re in a time when nice modifications can and must be made. We’ve so many assets and progressive concepts to make the most of. We are able to present not solely our group, however our nation, that folks can come collectively to create change with out defunding, segregating, or demolishing packages. We are able to create an inviting setting the place all voices are heard and all of our college students can develop and thrive.
The SRO program is an effective program, however we’re being proven that it’s lacking some items. So let’s construct on that. Let’s take a great program and make it nice. Let’s take our group, which is stuffed with a lot good, and make it nice by including to it and never taking it aside.
Can we begin an extra committee made up of group members, academics, college students, and workers who come collectively and hearken to what our college students say they’re missing of their schooling and psychological wellness? They will then suggest varied choices, with correct timelines and budgetary objectives, to assist enhance the place we’re missing. This committee may very well be the voice of our district, from academics to college students, serving to us make constructive change.
As a taxpayer, I’m very conscious that including packages impacts the college’s finances and the taxes inside our group. Nevertheless, in working at a non-profit, I additionally know that with sufficient analysis, there are packages accessible and inventive methods to finances cash to assist fund further packages. Let’s take this chance to strengthen our college and group by driving constructive change and creating a faculty district that’s empowering and galvanizing for all.
(Melissa Clark lives in Harmony.)