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Following complaints from some parents, Ritenour, Missouri, school district Superintendent Chris Kilbride says he may reconsider the policy of sending armed police officers to the homes of students who are failing classes to discuss the reasons why they are failing. Kilbride says cops have conducted about 1,500 such visits since August 2020. Kilbride says the school system will form an advisory committee on the matter to get input from parents and students.

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      I think however cops are actually the “tip of the spear” for a rapidly expanding mode of general authoritarianism, that of course has grown exponentially during the pandemic. The police have a legitimate mission, but this is obviously creeping out of control due to institutions like schools that make it their policy [no judgement, no responsibility required, “we’re just following the rules”] to utilize them inappropriately; now the big question is where does this bs stop, and how bad will it have to get before the largely disengaged and complacent electorate feels the pinch and pushes back? Or to put it another way, how long will the frog have to boil before it feels the heat; and then will it be too late?

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  5. May reconsider. He’s not saying he’s going to reconsider it, only that he might. Definitely not saying he’s going to stop doing it. Nothing wrong with getting the cops involved in shit that’s none of their damn business just because you’re a pussy who needs some skirts to hide behind.

  6. School: It’s too dangerous for our teachers’ health for students to interact directly with them.

    Also school: *Sends armed state agents to interact directly with students.*

    1. Also school: We are providing a substandard education. Why aren’t you meeting standards?

      1. Lake Woebegone – every child has to be above average.

        1. Half our students are below median. We must do something!

          1. Smacking yourself in the head with a 2×4 is something.

            Therefore you must smack yourself in the head with a 2×4. Think of the children!

    2. From the quotes in the article, the impression given is that the police officer was the one taking the lead in discussing the failing grades, and speaking as if he was interrogating a suspect, and the counselor was just there. I can sort of see the officer being there as a bodyguard, but the cop should not have direct role in the schoolwork conversation.

      1. The last census shows the Ritenour school district as predominantly middle-class. Median home value is $94,000 and almost all residents do live in their own homes (less that 20% live in multi-family dwellings). Violent crime rates are at or below state averages and not statistically different from national averages.

        Sorry, I don’t even see a credible argument for the officer being there as a bodyguard. Maybe if there is a specific case with a known bad actor (such as a parent that the school staff knows to have anger management issues) but not as a general policy. That is simply unjustified. Not only is it an unnecessary expense, it’s arguably an unconstitutional intrusion on the family’s privacy.

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  9. Why would the cops accept the school’s request?!?

    They’re supposed to respond to criminal activity not civil stuff like this.

    1. Failing at government daycare means the kid didn’t accept the indoctrination correctly. Police are needed to help fix that.

      1. More likely it is related to the funding.

        1. They’re school resource officers provided by the local police department. So yes, definitely tied to funding.

    2. A chance to pull the gun out of the holster is always welcomed.

    3. Police officers need the overtime pay.

  10. Local news (very liberal St. Louis Post Dispatch) chose to portray this as a negative. Cops were doing this as part of door to door community outreach.
    The parents interviewed wanted to focus exclusively on who was at the door, and what they were wearing (day uniform which included sidearms).
    As long as blacks continue sidestep personal responsibility for their own outcomes (going to school and graduating from high school able to read, write and do basic math) then they will continue to fail in life.

    1. This is negative. You don’t send armed cops to do the school counselor’s job. Totally inappropriate.

      1. Moreover, Gasman’s underlying assessment/assertion seems to be that a community could/should police it’s way out of the problem of being black.

      2. Gotta spend that COVID money somehow.

    2. day uniform

      So if you get good grades do they send a female officer in her evening uniform? Asking for a friend.

  11. Who better to motivate little Billy to study harder than an armed agent of the state.

    Maybe it’s a long lead recruiting program.
    Substandard acadic achievement – check
    Shows sadistic tendencies – check
    General disregard for others – check
    …..

  12. St. Louis suburb, so, Democrats. Feh.

  13. “”The presence of an officer is triggering, we’ve gotten that feedback now so now the responsibility is on us in that specific situation to act differently,” said Superintendent Dr. Kilbride”

    That it had not occurred to Kilbride that sending a cop to discuss failing grades was over the top in the first place is a failure of leadership and imagination.

  14. 1,500 visits in the last 6 month? That must be huge school district!

    A few fun facts:
    1. The Ritenour School District’s fall enrollment showed a decrease of 183 K-12 students from last year’s official count. Official fall 2020 enrollment, according to the state’s “Count Day” on the third Wednesday in September was 6,198 students in grades K-12. Last year’s K-12 official fall enrollment was 6,381.
    2. For this year’s official fall count on Sept. 16, 2020, all K-12 Ritenour students were in a full virtual learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    3. Ritenour continues to be one of the most diverse school districts in the state with no ethnic/racial majority. Enrollment demographics show:
    23 percent Hispanic
    24 percent white
    42 percent black
    8.5 percent multirace
    2.5 percent Asian and other races
    https://www.ritenour.k12.mo.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=19&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=20722&PageID=1

  15. It’s a recruitment tool.
    Cop: “Hey, kid. I see you’re not too bright. Ever think about a career in law enforcement?”

  16. I’m just imagining the scene as the kid’s doing homework, the cop looks over the kid’s shoulder, reaches for his sidearm, and asks, “Is that your final answer?”

    1. Damn, when I wrote that, I hadn’t read the article, where this appears:

      He questioned my daughter about the work that she was supposed to turn in, she answered him, he also asked her if she understood what she was saying to him….

      That reads as about exactly the crazy scenario I imagined jokingly.

      Now I’m wondering if at the other end, the cop goes to the teacher and asks, “Are you sure that was the wrong answer?”

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