In support of a Full-Time School Resource Officer at the Blaine School District
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According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 students in the United States will be bullied at school, some of the effects of which will last into adulthood. Washington State has taken a hardline against bullying an introduced legislation in 2010, Substitute House Bill 2801, which prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying in our schools under state law. Schools are required to take action if students report they are being bullied. Since August 2011, each school district has been required to adopt the model Washington anti-bullying policy and procedure. The Blaine School District is no exception and has initiated Policy 3207, Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying.
Our intention is to work in partnership with the Blaine School District in their commitment to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying, which is why we are advocating for the employment of and seeking funding for a full-time school resource officer. Research shows that high schools who defer all bullying cases to law enforcement consistently for discipline and education on legal consequences dramatically reduce cases of bullying. The benefits further include decreased depression (research shows a link between depression and bullying), and violence, and increased safety.
We are dedicated, as a concerned community, to providing our youth with a safe and nurturing environment where they will continue to thrive, reach their educational goals, and provide a positive path to graduation. We look forward to partnering with you towards that end.
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