Response to the Chicago Police Department School Resource Officer Policy Comment

“Children do not shed their Constitutional Rights at the school yard gate.” [11]

  1. Over the last week, whether warranted or not, our trust in the Chicago Police Department, or more specifically, law enforcement in general, has sunk to an all time low and continues to sink lower as each scene of brutality surfaces on social media. Yet, community engagement will be pivotal to begin the process of repairing the city of Chicago’s faith in the Chicago Police Department, including, School Resource Officers.
  2. This issue is too important to merely check a box. The role of Officers within schools has been shown through research studies to impact the school to prison pipeline. [23] We must break this cycle.
  3. These issues are further highlighted through an unequal, double-edge sword of technology, where in part, schools possess technological tools to discipline: collecting Biometric data and aggregating such through Facial Recognition software, to create school surveillance systems. Yet, some of these same students do not have access to basic technology as evidenced by the highly contested E-learning grading policy AKA the “digital divide.” [24]
  4. Furthermore, this policy does not include the recent changes to Title IX as set forth by Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos, which changes the dynamic of sexual harassment in ways that mirror a Courtroom, and which now also carry the force of law. Thereby, Title IX manipulates early intervention and needed education surrounding these sensitive matters into trials and evidence of the adversarial, legal process.[12]

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Frmr. Dir. of Presentations, Athena.Trade | E Media Group | Educator|ADD/ADHD Coach |M.Ed. |Writer | MLAW |Founder of MinED & Lula & CO|Mom (14yo Gmer./Writer)

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