During the hay day of the BLM movement, they insisted that schools remove the armed police from the schools, and that pretty much followed the same path as defunding the police. Two years ago a school in Denver, Colorado removed all School Resource Officers (SRO) in order to prevent the school-to-prison cycle under the belief that if kids would not be arrested for committing crimes, they would stop committing crimes.
This trend has found its way into schools across the country and with the same results. the Denver Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution in June 2020 that eliminated the presence of all school resource officers (SRO), in a unanimous 7 – 0 vote. The measure was lauded by the board’s vice president Auon’tai M. Anderson, who introduced the resolution and celebrated its passage. “We did it!” he wrote.
“Removing SROs from Schools: A Step Towards Justice and Safety for Students of Color. While there have been concerns about the safety and well-being of students, it’s important to acknowledge the negative impacts that SROs can have on students, particularly students of color.”
On Wednesday, there was a double shooting at the school when a Black student shot two deans, one of them very seriously. The school board has now announced that they will be returning SROs to all of their schools. Gee, who could have seen that coming?
This is not as one of a kind example by any means. The following are other examples of this failed woke policy from school boards across the country.
My statement regarding today's shooting at East High School. pic.twitter.com/JThY5N9ryc
— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) March 22, 2023
This week marked the second shooting at Denver East High School, which is reportedly shaken by frequent lockdowns and violence, in the span of weeks. Last month, a 16-year-old classmate was shot dead in his car outside of the school on Feb. 13. Two teens—both DPS students—have been arrested, per KDVR. The slain student’s brother is speaking out on Wednesday’s shooting, asserting that the removal of police begets gun violence. “It could have been avoided if there was a cop there to prevent anything like this from happening or at least just scare the people that are committing crimes like these,” the victim’s sibling said.
Alexandria City Public Schools—Virginia
In the summer of 2021, the Alexandria City Council voted to end the decades-old SRO program at Alexandria City Public Schools and reallocate police funding towards “mental health resources.”
Before the reversal, the 2021 academic year was marred by a wave of violent incidents, including the triggering of an ACHS lockdown when a student was found in possession of a handgun, an all-out brawl inside the ACHS cafeteria, which was captured on cellphone camera.
Montgomery County Public Schools—Maryland
Less than a year after Montgomery County Public Schools became the first jurisdiction in Maryland to get rid of cops from its school buildings, the county backtracked in April 2022 when MCPS signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with Montgomery County’s Police Department. MCPS strengthening its relationship with police caused an uproar among racial justice activists who fought to cleanse the district’s schools of SROs over “racial disparities” in student arrests and police contact.
The about-face arrived months after a student shot a sophomore inside a school bathroom at Col. Magruder High School. Security footage shown in court depicted the school shooter skipping down the hallway after shooting his classmate as if he was “celebrating what he’d just done,” the state’s attorney said. The victim then spent months hospitalized, undergoing 10 surgeries.
Des Moines Public Schools—Iowa
Since the replacement of SROs, school fights have intensified as videos of the brawls keep surfacing on social media, often uploaded by the now-removed Instagram page, “Brody Fights,” a reference to Brody Middle School. Guns, knives, mace, rocks, a brick, and a stun gun are among the weapons being wielded in school brawls. In January, an East High School student was found possessing a handgun on campus, and in February, two North High School students had a handgun stashed away in a locker.
Other schools that eliminated SROs with similar results include:
Pomona Unified School Board—California
District of Columbia Public Schools—Washington, D.C.