Replace funding for SRO's with funding for Mental Health Providers in SBUSD

Replace funding for SRO's with funding for Mental Health Providers in SBUSD

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Evelyn Orozco started this petition to Santa Barbara Unified School District

In an effort to make schools in Santa Barbara safer, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has assigned School Resource Officers (SRO's) to our local high schools for years. Although, their intention is to create a harmless environment for all students, research on the effects of SRO's has proved otherwise. Experts emphasize that there is no existing evidence to prove that having officers at schools increases safety or that it is beneficial to a student's academic performance (Dignity-in-Schools, 2017). In contrary, having SRO's may cause students to become less trustworthy of authority figures and less likely to speak up about their concerns in fear that they will be punished by the law. According to researchers Salole & Abdulle (2015), SRO's lead to an increasing amount of arrests, and minority groups such as Latinos and African-Americans are at greater risk of being trapped into the system. It is time that schools begin to protect ALL of their students and provide more efficient solutions when students become troubled.

Schools main objective should be to provide the best resources for their students which will help them succeed, and not criminalize them. They deserve to have the opportunities to better themselves which will help them in the long-run. By urging the Santa Barbara Unified School District to replace funding for SRO's with funding for Mental Health Providers we can help struggling students seek professional help which will then positively impact their social and academic life as well as the overall environment on campus. Research has proved that having counselors and psychiatrists at schools allows students to build strong relationships, helps exercise trust, and most importantly tackle their issues (Dignity-in-Schools, 2017). Thus, funding for Mental Health Providers will be a positive investment that will help troubled students get back on track.

It is important to sign this petition if we want to see real change in our community! We must act fast, and urge the SBUSD to make changes by 2021! Our youth deserves to be educated and have resources that will help them not fall behind. Please, help make a difference.

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