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Should police officers be stationed at public schools?

 

Last updated 6/17/2020 at 9:06am



Last week, Seattle Public Schools announced it was suspending its relationship with school resource officials for one year.

Could the Edmonds School District follow suit?

It’s a distinct possibility, especially after a district board discussion June 9, as well as a special meeting June 16 when those supporting removing SROs from district campuses outweighed those supporting it.

That followed a petition with more than 1,100 signatures sent to the district that supported removing police officers from schools.

SROs are sworn police officers responsible for promoting safety, security, and a positive learning environment. They work closely with parents, teachers, administrators, students, community members, and police staff.

Both Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools have SROs. Last year, the district decided to step back on a budgeted SRO on the Scriber Lake High School campus after a few parents expressed their concerns about an armed officer around students.

The school did return a retired, unarmed officer to its campus, which includes Edmonds Heights K-12.

Board members will continue their discussion on the subject at their next meeting, where a vote may follow.

 

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