Obama administration urges schools to clarify role of school police
The Obama administration on Thursday outlined how schools and colleges should manage relationships with police who work on their campuses, a move that comes in response to violent episodes that have stoked debate about whether law enforcement officers are keeping schools safe or arresting children for no good reason.
Police officers can be a force for good in a school by building strong relationships with students, Education Secretary John King said in a call with reporters Wednesday. But too often they become de facto disciplinarians leading to unnecessary citations and altercations. He pointed to the case last year in which a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy was filmed throwing a high school student out of her chair and across her classroom.
“The goal here is to give people a resource to do better,” King said.