The Removal of SROs in Gresham-Barlow Schools

The Removal of SROs in Gresham-Barlow Schools

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
Youth Oregon started this petition to Gresham-Barlow School Board

GBSD is currently having an SROS Program Outreach where they are reviewing the School Resource Officer (SROS) Program. They held a town hall meeting on Dec 9th, 2020. Prior to the town hall they shared a survey to get students, teachers, parents and the communities feedback on what their thoughts on the role of the school resource officer in Gresham-Barlow schools. During the townhall they shared some top responses (however did not share the demographics of those who were replying), had the community rate survey responses, and a Q&A. A lieutenant was a part of leading this conversation and town hall, where he defended his job by talking about the “good community work” officers do in schools. Overall, the town hall was focused on only one question: “What are your thoughts on the role of school resource officers in our schools?”

On Dec 17th, there was a board meeting where they presented the demographics as well as responses from the survey. Overall, it was a white centered process that did not attempt to center the voices of communities of color who are greatly affected by the presence of SROS. The survey responses were 63% white, some even racist. GBSD wants to finalize this Outreach program in February. 

BIPOC students and students with disabilities are disproportionately disciplined compared to their white counterparts.

51% of high schools with high black and Latino student enrollment* have SROs.

Black students are 2.3 times as likely to receive a referral to law enforcement or be subject to a school-related arrest as white students


School shootings is a common argument as to why SROs should stay in schools. Having a better mental health program and more mental health specialists would better aid in the prevention of school shootings. The funds that go to SROs can be relocated to having a better counseling program that prevents school shootings. 


Voices of the BIPOC community continue to be overlooked and silenced when their lives are the ones that are being affected. However, we will not be silenced. The presence of SROs may bring ease to white parents, but that is not the case for many students of the BIPOC community. We ask that you share this to get the word out about what is ongoing in the community and sign our petition in support of the removal of SROs in Gresham-Barlow School District. 

 

 

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!