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Do police belong in Minnesota schools? George Floyd's death reignites debate

 

David Joles – Star Tribune

Minneapolis police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal made her rounds in the hallways of Roosevelt High on Jan. 18, 2019. The district terminated its contract with the police department in June.

If Minneapolis Public Schools students are able to return to their classrooms this fall, the hallways they roam will be free of police for the first time in more than 50 years.

Soon, the same could be said for a growing number of public school districts across the country, which are considering following Minneapolis' lead in kicking officers out of schools after the police killing of George Floyd.

Just as Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked a nationwide movement against police violence, so, too, has it reignited the debate over the presence of officers in schools. Urban school districts in Portland, Denver and Milwaukee have since cut ties with police departments for school resource officers, or SROs, and districts in other large cities are considering it. It's a striking turnabout for American schools that have shored up their security over the years in response to the threat of school shootings.

https://www.startribune.com/floyd-death-reignites-debate-over-police-role-in-schools/571411192/

 

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