Portland, Oregon – In the latest protest in our fair country, a small group of students in Portland, Oregon, walked out of classes Wednesday to protest the presence of police officers assigned to protect the campus, usually referred to as school resource officers, according to KATU-TV.
Roughly 20 students from various Portland public schools walked out of classes and gathered and read a statement prepared by the group of students. In essence, the students are upset about a recent move by the Portland Public School Board that approved a plan to put more SROs on campus every day of the week, instead of four day a week.
The insanity, I know.
What I don’t understand is despite the continued school shooting tragedies across the country, these students are protesting the ONE thing that could help them, in the event pure evil arrives on campus with bad intentions.
Secondly, this may or may not surprise you, many school shootings have been thwarted or ended quickly, due to the actions of SROs on numerous occasions throughout our country. The mainstream media just doesn’t cover those stories as heavily for obvious reasons. They aren’t as tragic as the successful attempts. Therefore, not as profitable. Just telling the truth here folks.
Much like the new movement to keep ‘pointy eared’ puppies from patrolling our airports, police officers are under attack in the latest attempt to remove common sense from how we approach safety in this country. Sadly, common sense ways to keep our children and travelers safe, take a back seat to fighting for policies that won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
I have a hard time comprehending how these teenagers already dislike police to the point they feel police officers in schools, “further contribute to an environment of fear and distrust,” Sophia Lucas, a senior at Jefferson High School stated before giving the prepared speech.
There was no comment or discussion as to whether the student’s efforts will cause the school board to reconsider their recent move. I can only hope the initial decision to have police officers in schools every day of the week, instead of four, won’t be changed anytime soon. For the sake of Portland area students, their teachers, and their parents. Let police officers do what they do, protect your schools and protect your children.
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