Civil rights advocates who portray police in schools as overly arresting kids are simply wrong. Police officers who work in schools, commonly known as School Resource Officers (SROs), generally perform more as prevention programs where officers prevent incidents versus taking on a “cuff’n’stuff” role with the intent of increasing student arrests. That’s not stopping civil rights and other […]
When Did Common Sense End in School Discipline and Safety?
Training students not to open exterior school doors to let someone inside is a best practice. Suspending a student who violated the rule to help a woman with her hands full is not a best practice. A Southampton County, Virginia, middle school student was suspended from school after opening a door for a woman with […]
Fear mongering article? America’s real school-safety problem
Good theory, perhaps, but clueless in understanding School Resource Officers (SROs), school security, and so-called “zero tolerance.” This is my take on America’s real school-safety problem, an article posted Sunday on salon.com. The article is mostly a Q&A with Aaron Kupchick, author of “Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear.” He spent two years researching “zero […]
Tying Educators’ Hands In School Safety Efforts
Chuck Hibbert is a national school safety consultant (including for my company) and 21-year-veteran school district administrator over school security and school police services for a 15,000 student district in Indiana. Chuck takes issue with ““Taking Safety Too Far: The Ill-Defined Role Police Play in Schools,” February 24th commentary article in Education Week by authors and civil rights advocates Johanna Wald […]
Anti-School Police Commentary Paints False School Safety Picture
In ““Taking Safety Too Far: The Ill-Defined Role Police Play in Schools,” a February 24th commentary article in Education Week, authors and civil rights advocates Johanna Wald and Lisa Thurau presented what I believe to be a very skewed misrepresentation of school resource officers (SROs), school police, and administrators. I responded with a letter to the editor […]
Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 2
More Perspective on The Civil Rights Attack on School Discipline In my last post entitled, “Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 1,” and the post prior to that entitled, ““Zero Tolerance” Equals “Zero Common Sense”—Plus a Civil Rights Agenda?, I laid out some interesting and questionable examples of attacks on school administrators […]
Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 1
School Suspensions Under Fire by Civil Rights and Other Advocates “School Suspensions Lead to Legal Challenge” was the headline of a New York Times article on March 18, 2010. The article highlighted a school discipline case headed to the North Carolina Supreme Court which, “…has drawn the attention of civil rights, legal aid and education groups around the […]
“Zero Tolerance” Equals “Zero Common Sense”—Plus a Civil Rights Agenda?
Zero tolerance has increasingly become a topic of discussion and focus following a number of higher-profile anecdotal cases of questionable judgment in the administration of school discipline and/or arrests by police at schools. I have said that so-called “zero tolerance” has, in too many anecdotal cases, been equated with “zero common sense.” The vast majority of school […]