Police in Schools

Los Angeles Slashes Number of School Police Amid National Debate

The plan will shift $25 million away from school police and into support services for black students.

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will slash the number of police officers patrolling hallways in the nation's second-largest school district by a third.

The New York Times reported that the LAUSD school board approved a plan on Tuesday to eliminate 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers, and one support staff member. The school district will shift $25 million to fund support services for black students. Officers at secondary schools in L.A. will be replaced with "climate coaches" to mentor students and resolve conflicts. The plan will also ban the use of pepper spray against students.

The move follows months of pressure from activists and students to reduce the number of police in Los Angeles schools. During the summer of 2020, as protests over the police killing of George Floyd swept through major U.S. cities, many school districts began reconsidering their use of school resource officers (SROs). The LAUSD already cut its school police budget by a third last June.

Civil liberties groups and disability advocates have long argued that increases in school police and zero tolerance policies for petty disturbances have fueled the "school-to-prison" pipeline and led to disproportionate enforcement against minorities and students with disabilities.

"Investments and behaviors must be different if we want outcomes to be different," LAUSD board member Mónica García said in a statement. "Black students, parents, teachers and allies have demanded that we interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline."

Organizations like the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) argue that carefully selected, well-trained officers actually act as a filter and decrease arrests by building strong relationships within the school with staff and students.

So far, San Francisco is the largest school district to move toward defunding its SRO program. The Oakland school board also voted unanimously to eliminate the district's police department and shift its $2.5 million budget to student support services. Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Charlottesville, and Portland, Oregon, have also ended or suspended relationships with local police.

The Des Moines School Board also announced this week that it will replace its SROs.

Reason reported last year on concerns from civil liberties groups and parents over the significant increase in the number of SROs in Florida, where the state legislature passed a law following the mass shooting in Parkland requiring an armed officer or guardian in every K-12 school in the state.

Those fears were backed up by a study published last September that found the number of school arrests in Florida—which had been declining for years—suddenly started to rise after the passage of the law. There was also a sharp increase in the use of physical restraint against students.

"The presence of law enforcement in schools was related to increases in the number of behavioral incidents reported to the state, the number of such incidents reported to law enforcement, and student arrests," the report concluded. "The results suggest a need to reconsider whether law enforcement should be present in schools, and, if they are, how they can be implemented in a way that minimizes unnecessary exposure of students to law enforcement and arrests."

Those concerns have been exacerbated by numerous viral videos of excessive force incidents involving SROs.

A North Carolina mother filed a civil rights lawsuit last October against a policeman who handcuffed and held her autistic 7-year-old son prone on the ground for nearly 40 minutes. 

Last August, body camera footage emerged showing officers in Key West, Florida, trying and failing to handcuff an 8-year-old boy, whose wrists were too small for the cuffs. An Orlando school cop made national headlines in 2019 when he arrested a 6-year-old girl.

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  1. “support services for black students”

    How about separate schools, too?

    Never mind, that would just give them ideas.

    1. “Defund the cops” will soon be replaced by “Overturn Brown”

    2. Waiting and hoping for things to get better for bigoted, obsolete right-wingers in America, Cal?

      1. Lmfao. Nice job outing this sock too sarcasmic.

  2. “”The presence of law enforcement in schools was related to increases in the number of behavioral incidents reported to the state, the number of such incidents reported to law enforcement, and student arrests”

    Arrested for what? Based on what evidence?

    What kind of alleged “incidents” are we talking about here?

    1. Possibly jaywalking. See earlier article. Cops are hammers, everything they see is a nail. An eight year old or a six year old nail. It must be pounded.

      1. If this were true fewer cops would mean fewer poundings. And yet they found the opposite.

    2. As a “to be sure”, I hate the police and think they are 90% worthless. But my anecdote involves an overgrown developmentally challenged 9 yo that beat up multiple female teachers when I was in school. At one point, a large but smaller than the retard male teacher took him down hard. Shit happens…

      Honest to god, the kid was 6′ 200lbs at 9/10yo. He grew up to be about 6’8″ 350. Dumb as fucking brick.

  3. The plan will shift $25 million away from school police and into support services for black students.

    It’s almost like they’re trying to say that black students are the problem.

    1. Too bad the school board didn’t have a hot mic when first discussing this privately.

      1. Perhaps they would have admitted their goal is moving $25 million from funding reliably right voters to reliably left voters.

  4. So LA schools go full, open, proud racist.

    1. It’ll end well I’m sure. This time IT’S DIFFERENT!

  5. Hopefully the “climate coaches” are assigned based on gender. And hopefully a white, transgender student that identifies as black signs up for coaching.

  6. Are the climate coaches like Coach Buzzcut, or more like Mr. Van Driessen?

  7. Another problem with SROs is that they bully vulnerable students, which instigates them to violence. Would be better if they just slashed the police budget without redirecting the funds, but this is progress.

    1. It’s not progress it’s still stealing peoples money to fuel a failing administrative jobs program

  8. I remember when Minneapolis tried this last year and are already back to hiring more cops.

  9. “Pandemic-driven demand sent total 2020 home sales to the highest level since 2006 [Yeah, that’s a 14 year high].

    As unexpected as a global pandemic was, so too was the reaction of homebuyers. After plummeting in March and April, sales suddenly began to climb. Total year-end sales volume ended at 5.64 million units, the highest level since 2006 and far stronger than predicted before the pandemic. Buyers were driven by a desire for larger, suburban homes with dedicated spaces for working and schooling.

    “Home sales could possibly reach 8 million if we had more inventory,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the Realtors.”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/existing-home-sales-in-2020-were-highest-since-in-over-a-decade.html

    People looking back at this will describe it as another wave of white flight, which is the term they used to describe mostly white and affluent people fleeing the cities for the suburbs in the ’60s and ’70s in response to things like desegregation, riots, and busing. In fact, the argument for busing may have been a reaction to white flight.

    If you asked the people of the ’60s and ’70s why they were moving, they wouldn’t have told you it was because they were racists either. They’d say they just wanted what was best for their families, much like the reasons Millennials will give for fleeing the cities for the suburbs today. The safety of your children while they’re at school is a legitimate concern regardless of race considerations, and I wish we lived in a world where security shouldn’t be a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    “From July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017, staff and school police confiscated 70 handguns, 16 rifles/shotguns, and 1,196 knives, according to data provided by board member George McKenna.

    —-LA Times, February 2, 2018

    If the LAUSD is doing this per their SOP, this is being inflicted on parents over their objections and against their will. I hope not. Regardless, if this isn’t a story about the LAUSD capitulating to the demands of parents, it also shouldn’t be about praising the LAUSD inflicting something on parents over their objections and against their will.

    1. “After plummeting in March and April, sales suddenly began to climb.”

      Can you guys think of anything that started happening in May that might have driven people to start leaving the cities and looking to move to the suburbs?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd_protests_in_Minneapolis%E2%80%93Saint_Paul

      1. Wait, so you really want us to believe that people left big cities because of protests over George Floyd’s murder?

        Gee, how about “there’s a global pandemic, my boss wants me to work from home, so I am going to work from home in a cheaper place, and it takes a while to move”? You think that might have had an impact?

        1. “Following the death of George Floyd, unrest broke out in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area on May 26, and quickly spread across the country and the world . . . . Further unrest quickly spread throughout the United States, sometimes including rioting, looting, and arson. By early June, at least 200 American cities had imposed curfews, while more than 30 states and Washington, D.C, had activated over 62,000 National Guard personnel in response to unrest.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020%E2%80%9321_United_States_racial_unrest

          If you didn’t know that the unrest following the killing of George Floyd only started in Minneapolis–and subsequently spread all over the country–then you’re a fucking moron.

          Are you a fucking moron?

          1. The 1968 riots compelled middle class folks in those areas to migrate to the suburbs so history repeating itself is logical. I do think covid also plays a part in people leaving those areas now. And the shutdowns (which is government, not covid). Benefits of a large urban area include entertainment opportunities (movies, theatre, sports) and culinary choices don’t mean much when they are all closed.

          2. Oh sure Ken, even though people were being forced to work from home, and they realized they could work from home anywhere so they decided to move to a cheaper place; oh and even though interest rates fell through the floor, so this was going to be the cheapest time to buy a house in decades; sure, let’s ignore all that, and blame it all on those uppity black folks who protested cops murdering black people.

            That is why your opinion is full of shit. You take the most racist inflammatory justification to try to explain why people are moving out of cities. You’re turning more into a MAGA cultist every day.

            1. You’re an idiot.

            2. blame it all on those uppity black folks who protested cops murdering black people.

              Nobody murdered George Floyd, he died of a drug overdose. And the riots consisted primarily of upper middle class white kids who murdered at least 30 people including multiple black law enforcement officers, and caused 3 billion dollars worth of property damage.

              And please spare us the racial sanctimony with your constant white savior complex. Tell us more about how those poor stupid benighted niggers can’t get ID cards and need fat white doughboys like you to help them figure out to vote.

              1. Oh boo hoo. Your racism isn’t in vogue any more.

        2. Are you saying that the massive action on Zillow is due to families moving away from the cities so that they can work from home? A bold theory!
          It isn’t “white flight” that is happening now. These people aren’t racists, they are realists. They have seen enough. So little is reported. Everyone that hates violence is running. Anyone that doesn’t want to deal with the WOKE crowd, the looters, the eternal victims, the nonsense. What benefit is there to living in a city nowadays? The nightlife? The sports? Public spaces? The looted, burned, boarded up stores that you used to frequent?
          You have everything at your fingertips now in the burbs. There is no benefit to living among “the denizens of the ghetto”. It will all be Chicago now.

      2. Man you are turning into a caricature of my relatives.
        “If only those uppity black folks had kept their mouths shut then everything would have been okay, but no they had to go express their opinions, and so I had to move away.”

        1. “White flight” simply means moving away from unpleasant opinions. Yes, indeed.

          1. ChemJeff can’t tell the difference between explaining why something happened and condoning it–because he’s stupid.

            If anything my original comment accuses Millenials of being just as open to charges of racism as their parents and grandparents, but ChemJeff doesn’t understand that–because he’s stupid. He hardly understands anything he reads.

            1. Personally, I’m not going to concede that it’s *only* white people moving out of certain areas. It just makes for a catchy rhyme. at the expense of truth. Black people who can afford to do so are often moving out, too.

              1. FWIW, in my original comment I wrote the following:

                “People looking back at this will describe it as another wave of white flight, which is the term they used to describe mostly white and affluent people fleeing the cities for the suburbs”

                —-Ken Shultz

                I think “mostly white and affluent people” is getting it more or less right. No, it wasn’t only white people.

              2. Like Obama?

            2. “…He hardly understands anything he reads.”

              Or types.

        2. Me talking to you is expressing an opinion.

          Me burning down your place of business and shooting you to death because I felt pissed about police brutality is a crime. Multiply that by thousands and many people may decided to relocate.

          1. And the police weren’t doing anything.

            Gun sales exploded among women and minorities.

            Yeah, that’ll make people move.

            And they weren’t moving in March and April. The started moving in May. Correlation isn’t causation, but it doesn’t eliminate causation either.

          2. cytotoxic was safe and sound shoveling Twinkies into his 450 pound fat lard ass in his mom’s basement in Toronto, and CNN told him the riots were mostly peaceful.

        3. You must mean the relatives that speak slowly to you, pat you on the head and seat you at the kiddie table.

        4. Opinions? Is that what looted and burned every Democrat city in the nation? Damn, I had no idea that opinions were even flammable. I guess they are.

    2. Don’t worry Ken when the whit people move back into the city it will be gentrification, and that is also bad

  10. So what does $25 million dollars worth of “support services for black students” buy?

    Isn’t there anyone responsible for investigating these blatant shakedown schemes?

  11. It’s all a moot point for now, since schools aren’t open full time in LA.

    Are schools in places like LA safe or not? That’s the only question that matters. If it’s generally safe, then there’s no need for SORs. If not, then you either keep the SORs and hold them accountable. Or you use private security. Or something.

    Murders shot up in 2020 while every other crime declined. Reportedly there were 2000 additional murder victims, most of them almost assuredly black. Of course Reason ignored the unintended consequences of cops not doing the job, and a preview of things to come if cops refuse to take risks in fear of lawsuits.

    I’ve heard horror stories of students pummeling each other and assaulting school staff. But these schools aren’t my friend, and if black kids getting hurt is an acceptable tradeoff for school arrest rates dropping, then let them have their way. That 25 mil is going to staff salary and overhead and won’t do a thing to help a black kid who doesn’t have a father or moral guidance from their home.

    1. Unfortunately, the smart, good kids take the most beatings. It is “the way of the ghetto”

  12. For the most part, these misguided kids in the school-to-prison pipeline have jumped into the pipeline themselves, as enthusiastically as Mario.

    I’m sure that for many of them, they can be turned away from bad habits and bad companions with “early intervention” – which may include getting scared straight.

    So by no means give up on them.

    Meanwhile, of course, we have the kids who *aren’t* on the wrong path and want to study, and the kids on the wrong path are getting in the way of the ones on the studious path.

    It’s easy enough to display conspicuous compassion by narrowing one’s focus to the troublemakers and letting the studious kids shift for themselves. But true compassion means taking them all into consideration.

  13. Gee, if only families had different school choices and could decide what school policies they want. And if schools could simply and quickly expel students who did not follow rules.

  14. I can’t even imagine a school where police are a permanent feature. We had no cops when I was young. Of course, my parents also stored our many guns and ammunition for them in an unlocked, walk in closet.
    Somehow we survived just fine.

  15. The last two posts point out back in the day there were no LEOs in schools and it was easy to expel students who were not in school to learn.

    It use to be that LEOs were not needed in schools since even minor (by today’s standards) resulted in the student being removed from school. At some point peeps need to realize not everyone belongs in school.

    Just my two cents but I was too concerned with my grades and outside activities that colleges took into account in their admissions process to be a dick in school; as were probably 99% of my classmates. Not to mention that in my freshman year it was made clear to me that English 101 was a flunk out course. This was back when you could still flunk out of college for simply not performing in class. Sure some jocks took classes like underwater basket weaving and some students wanted to keep their student status with the Selective Service; but everyone knew if they screwed up they were out on the street.

    Bottom line is there needs to be a major overhaul of the entire educational system. Peeps who are not performing in class don’t need to be in the same school as those who are serious students (who can still remember that at one time there was a movement to increase the rigor and students who excelled in class should be in accelerated classes and those who did not perform should be in a trade school tract; not a college prep track). Now it seems like all students are forced into a college prep track; even if that means they will be taking classes in college that have no chance of them getting any job but a barista at an upscale coffee shop.

  16. “$25 million to fund support services for black students”
    And who says the Democrats can’t bring back racism!

    1. Well, maybe they’ll let some white kids identify as black.

  17. Of course it would be a cynical question to wonder what schools the people who support this send their own kids.

  18. And when there is another school shooting, they will blame Trump. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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