We had an incident with a student where they were escalating and becoming more hostile and violent. I had worked closely with this student and knew that involving the police would cause the situation to become even more escalated. The principal still called the SRO and the student feared he was being arrested and ran from the school and did not return for a week. The SRO’s do not make students feel more safe, they are still cops, and our inner city youth should not feel targeted where they are expected to learn.

Educational Assistant