People talk for and against resource officers in Lincoln schools
City and school officials heard from teachers for and against school resource officers, Or SROs, in LPS schools at a budget meeting.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) – City and school officials heard from teachers for and against school resource officers, Or SROs, in LPS schools at a budget meeting. Wednesday’s shooting happened across the street from Hartley Elementary. Some say this is one of the reasons we have school resource officers, but others voiced against it.
A coach says he doesn’t agree with negative views on SROs.
“I coach third and fourth-grade boys I don’t want them to be scared of the police,” said Cory Raymond. “I want them to see that face and appreciate that. Not be scared when they see that and I just think that the officers being in the schools offer something that gets beyond the noise.”
Some people spoke out against having officers in our schools, including a teacher.
“So, there are complaints about this interlocal agreement it might not be coming from places of institutions and organizations that funded this but it is coming from the community, students, parents, teachers, and staff,” said Kelly Seacrest. “Has anyone been listening to those voices?”
“You all are actively choosing to continue to harm and put greater risks on Black, indigenous, Latin X, and disabled students,” said SaRena Freet. “Racist police harm our communities and strings the limited resources that are given to programming and relationship building that community learning centers offer.”
The interlocal board approved about half a million-dollar budget to keep SROs in LPS high schools and middle schools.
“I’m very proud of the men and women I know in the police department,” said Kathy Danek, LPS school board president. “I was grateful they were there at Hartley Elementary. Yesterday I was grateful that my granddaughter was safe in that building because it kept a situation off-campus.”
Danek suggests the board schedules community meetings to hear more opinions regarding SROs.