The debate over police roles in schools continues

The national debate about the role of police officers in school continued days after a school resource officer in Columbia, South Carolina forcibly removed a student from her desk. The Christian Science Monitor reported that many states give school resources officers “broad authority for charging students with minor offenses”, but more states have begun passing legislative changes to narrow their role in school discipline. The U.S. Department of Education recently hosted a summit for school leaders to discuss best practices in school discipline. The article quotes Janel George of the NAACP who argues for removing “willful defiance” as a cause for suspensions and school discipline.