The Danger of Cops in Schools

Just what we don’t need: more gun-toting, taser-wielding cops in government-run schools that bear an uncomfortable resemblance to prisons. Microcosms of the police state, America’s public schools already contain almost every aspect of the militarized, intolerant, senseless, overcriminalized, legalistic, surveillance-riddled, totalitarian landscape that plagues those of us on the “outside.” Now President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions want to double down on these totalitarian echo chambers. Sessions has announced that the Justice Department will provide funding for schools that want to hire more resource officers. The White House has also hinted that it may repeal “Rethink School Discipline” policies, heralding a return to zero tolerance policies that treat children like suspects and criminals, especially within the public schools. As for Trump, he wants to “harden” the schools. What exactly does hardening the schools entail? More strident zero tolerance policies, greater numbers of school cops, and all the trappings of a prison complex.

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Show Notes

Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse

“Educational institutions,” National Center for Education Statistics

“Family Plans To File Complaint Over Boynton Beach Police Video,” NBC Miami

“NC high school students charged in water balloon prank, parents outraged,” WBTW

“Rutherford Institute Defends 10-Year-Old Suspended for Shooting Imaginary Arrow, Threatened with Expulsion Under Weapons Policy,” The Rutherford Institute

“Tracing the School-to-Prison Pipeline from Zero-Tolerance Policies to Juvenile Justice Dispositions,” Georgetown Law Journal

“‘I thought he was going to shoot me.’ Unsuspecting middle school students terrified by active shooter drill,” Washington Post

“Teen says he was suspended and detained for joking about killing a pet dinosaur,” The Washington Post

“Colorado girl shaves head for pal with cancer, gets temporarily suspended,” CBS News

“Police: Henrico officer uses Taser on screaming, disorderly middle-schooler,” Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Why hardening schools hasn't stopped school shootings,” Politico

“Brickbats,” Reason

“Private Prison Empire Rises Despite Startling Record Of Juvenile Abuse,” The Huffington Post

“Lockdown Nation,” Slate

“Study: Nearly in 3 will be arrested by age 23,” USA Today

“Video emerges of boy with ADHD, 8, handcuffed at school; officer facing lawsuit,” Today

“DeVos commission eyes Obama school discipline rules,” USA Today

“Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will,” ProPublica

“In Age of School Shootings, Lockdown Is the New Fire Drill,” The New York Times

“Chokeholds, Brain Injuries, Beatings: When School Cops Go Bad,” Mother Jones

“School cop handcuffs 6-year-old; mom is angry,” USA Today

“Pennsylvania Seeks to Close Books on "Kids for Cash" Scandal,” NBC News

“Do Cops in Schools Do More Harm Than Good?” Time

“Boy charged with felony for carrying sugar,” Free Republic

“Middle school students busted for bringing fake drugs to school,” ABC2

“Here Are 10 Outrageous 'Zero Tolerance' Follies of 2014,” Reason

“A Recipe for Disaster: School Cops Are Being Armed with 50,000-Volt Tasers,” Mother Jones

“Childhood Criminalized: Suspended in Elementary School,” Breitbart

“Birth-Control Pill Lands Fairfax Student 2-Week Suspension, Possible Expulsion,” The Washington Post

“School is a prison — and damaging our kids,” Salon

“Police, lawyer release statements on student's alleged dinosaur killing,” Live 5 News

“Justice Department’s School Safety Plan Puts Black, Brown Students In Danger, Critics Say,” The Huffington Post

“A South Carolina Student Was Arrested for ‘Disturbing a School’ When She Challenged Police Abuse, So We Sued,” ACLU

“Officer uses Taser on ‘very unruly’ Elko Middle School student,” WTVR

“The NRA’s Plan to “Harden” Schools Is Terrifying,” Mother Jones

“Does America Really Need More Cops in Schools?” Mother Jones

“School Resource Officers: Safety Priority or Part of the Problem?” U.S. News

“Student punished for saying ‘bless you,’” FOX News

“Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to Remedy: A Review of Ten Cases,” United States Senate

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  1. Jeff Martin says:

    Just a couple of rhetorical questions: Why do cops shave their heads? Why do the powers that be want a docile and compliant citizenry?

    Think about it. When these kids get into college, there are talent scouts for the NSA and CIA there to select students for work in which these selected students will further abuse American’s civil rights and civil liberties.

    It’s plain to me that this government, we now have, is not interested in allowing to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Rather, this government sees us as animals to exploit, abuse, and intimidate throughout our lives. “Mr. Franklin, what government have you given us? Reply: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    I think we’ve lost it.

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