Letters to the Editor

January 8, 2013

Think before adding police to schools

The caution expressed by some Horry County school board members about proposals to increase police presence in schools is justified. Putting police in schools can have unintended and negative consequences. School-based police most often deal not with dangerous acts but with relatively minor misbehaviors that could safely be handled by educators. They often lack training in working with young people. The use of police in schools has a particularly damaging impact on young people of color, who are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, increasing the odds that they may drop out and experience future criminal justice involvement.

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