Police officers will no longer patrol the halls of public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. For the past 20 years, school resource officers (SROs) have been stationed in schools where they work closely with administrators to prevent crimes and ensure safety. Recently, however, some have argued that placing SROs in schools does not keep students safe, and may actually harm them. Their presence creates an atmosphere of intimidation, they say, and contributes to the disproportionate arrest rate of Black and Latinx students. Listen to a high school student and local politician discuss how to keep schools safe and then debate: Should schools have police officers?
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