Facts, Not Fear: No SROs for New Rochelle

Facts, Not Fear: No SROs for New Rochelle

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Facts Not Fear for New Rochelle Schools started this petition to New Rochelle Board of Education

The New Rochelle Board of Education is considering placing “School Resource Officers”/SROs, which are armed police officers, in New Rochelle Schools.

Please sign to send this message to the New Rochelle Board of Education:

"We, the undersigned, say "NO" to SROs/Armed Police Officers in New Rochelle schools, which is consistent with making fact-based, not fear-based decisions for our children, teachers, and community."

The FACTS 

1) Peer-reviewed law, social science, and criminology scholarly research and federal government reports concur that the presence of SROs have not and are unlikely to prevent a mass shooting or decrease the fatalities associated with such an event. There is no evidence that the presence of SROs results in a decrease in crime.

2) The data show that the presence of SROs lead to specific harms to the learning environment and to students: students at schools with SROs are five times more likely to be arrested for minor offenses such as “disorderly conduct” than students in schools that do not have SROs. This leads to an increase in juvenile criminal records, a process known as the "school to prison pipeline."  Children with disabilities, and Black and Latino children are the most likely to be arrested.

3) The School Security Industry is a $2.7 billion dollar industry with a vested interest in lobbying for more SROs in schools. 

4) While 1-3 year government grants provide funds to school districts to start SRO programs, the financial burden to support SROs shifts to school districts and county and city municipalities, diverting funds from school-appropriate, evidence-based, high-impact, cost-effective interventions and school programs.

5) Placing armed police officers in schools puts an unfair burden on police whose main role is law enforcement despite advocates’ assertions that SROs main function is to mentor, counsel and educate students. The federal government’s guide to developing and maintaining SROs in schools recognizes that police officers are often reluctant to serve as SROs. The guide recommends as a recruitment strategy to “spread the truth about the program by describing the dicey and interesting arrests SROs make in schools in order to dispel the myth that the officers are “Kiddie Cops.”

6) School and political leaders have the ethical and fiduciary responsibility to: 1) do no harm; 2) put aside any vested interests in a particular policy; 3) take seriously their fiduciary responsibility, which means not placing SROs in schools, a practice that is ineffective and wasteful of limited resources; and 4) base their decisions on thoughtful deliberation of the facts that support the development and implementation of proven, cost-effective policies and practices that promote supportive school climates and ensure safety for all students.

for more information visit factsnotfearfornewrochelleschools.org

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