Our School Resource Officer has had an antagonistic relationship with many of our school’s middle years girls for quite a while. He seems to enjoy goading them, especially when they are in an already escalated state, knowing full well that they dislike him. Once, while cruising the community in his cop car, the SRO saw one of these girls walking to school and rolled down his window to say hi. The girl flipped him off and continued walking. The SRO leaned further out his window and said “Do that again and I will break your fucking finger.” How is this helping to build “positive relationships” between police and families who have already had many racist and violent interactions with police in the past? Why are we claiming that our schools are safe places for children and families to be, while simultaneously partnering with these violent and oppressive systems?  

Teacher