We believe putting more police in schools is a misguided strategy that does not improve campus safety. Not only have school police failed to stop mass shootings, research has shown that their presence leads to an increase of school-based arrests for minor misbehaviors, which often disproportionately impact students of color. This feeds the school to prison pipeline.
Instead, the focus should be on the root causes of school violence, and addressing safety concerns by directing services towards the social, emotional, and mental health needs of young people. Programs such as restorative justice, school psychologists, social workers and other behavioral health specialists, drug and alcohol treatment services and training for school staff on conflict resolution and alternative discipline approaches.
Please call your state senator and request that instead of adding more police, we should instead direct the monies towards mental health and related supports for our students.
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Suggested message for your senator:
Senator_________, I am _________ and I am your constituent in _________ (location). I am calling you today with concerns about School Safety, as I feel that the impulse to further police our schools will not prevent more tragedies and is damaging to our communities. Instead, monies should be directed towards the social, emotional and mental health needs of young people. Please vote to redirect School Safety money towards mental health, restorative practices, and more training for school staff, rather than a one-time expenditure on school police forces and security devices.