How Do You Discipline?

Police officers should not be stationed in schools.

However, you may teach at a school where there is probably a school resource officer on the premise. Depending on the population of your school, you may have multiple on the campus. School resource officers are police officers who are assigned to schools to maintain discipline. They are in fact the new disciplinarians in some schools. The rise in SRO’s is because of school shootings such as Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. According to a Hechinger report, Since the 1990s, at least 11 states have enacted legislation that funnels state funds into school policing programs. In 1997, the U.S. Department of Education reported that law enforcement officers were present in 10 percent of public schools at least once per week; by 2014, 30 percent of public schools had SROs, the most common type of law enforcement on campuses. This is a trend that is not going away.

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