So the SRO was called? Really now! I know some of my neighbors at one time had a habit of calling the cops on innocent fellow neighbors taking a leisurely stroll through the community, reporting them as "suspicious characters in the community." But teachers calling in the SRO because a student allegedly "puffed out his chest in an" alleged "threatening manner?!" That really takes the cake.
But then again students have been arrested and charged with vandalism for writing "okay" on a desk or spraying perfume on their bodies. Guess no one should be at all shocked with the lunacy that can take place when we mix cops and kids.
While this SRO, one by the way who appears to have a troubling history according to WRCB news, is being looked into, perhaps the schools should clarify what constitutes a need and when to bring an SRO into the situation. Otherwise, you're going to end up with a future generation even more desensitized to authority and an even lesser compassionate one as well.
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Brenda, Brenda, Brenda,
With all the hearsay and experienced prejudice and police brutality which you and your family have experienced it's a wonder you haven't fled the U.S. for a safer place.
I know the "lunacy" that I experienced when brought together with cops (which I feel is often used as a derogatary term) was quite different.
I was blessed by having a single mother who tried to make life as normal as possible for three boys and in that she got us involved in organized sports at the Metropolitan Police Boys Club #8 at St. Albans Church in D.C.
It was there that as we were coached and mentored that I learned about working hard, listening but most of all respect as these men took time out to invest in those willing to come. Life lessons that I carry with me today. Police officers who taught not only the fundamentals of sports but also life.
It was in that setting that I learned that one begins by respecting authority.
You see that is not being taught and therefore simple interactions between SROs and "students" (one must have a desire to learn to be considered a student) turn ugly because "aint no one going to tell me what to do" has been accepted and is now the norm thanks to the Summer of "peaceful protest" of the BLM embezzlers.
So often we see the culmination or perceived violence without knowing what led up to things getting out of hand when a simple yielding would diffuse the situation.
It's a hard thing for some but respecting those in authority is part of the foundation of a civil society.
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If that mean deputy had raised this young man better he wouldn’t have had to place his hands on him.
By the way, fighting 101, “Control the head, you control the body”.