NAACP-led coalition opposes increased police presence at schools

A coalition of progressive organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Advancement Project, the Alliance for Educational Justice, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign, is arguing that adding additional police officers, including those with guns, to schools throughout the country only further the current ‘school-to-prison’ culture currently found in many of our country’s urban schools.

“Enhanced police presence in schools is not a panacea for preventing the violence we saw in Newton, Connecticut. Instead, adding police and armed security to schools often means that normal student behavior becomes criminalized. The negative consequences of increased police activity is felt most sharply in schools with large numbers of African-American and poor children,” stated Damon Hewitt, director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Education Practice Group, on a conference call this morning to discuss a report issued by the coalition on the subject.

Hewitt claimed on the call that 42 percent of the students currently referred to law enforcement in the United States – and 35 percent of those arrested by police officers on school grounds – are African-American.

On the same conference call Judith Browne Diains, the co-director of the Advancement Project, commented that, “police in schools often respond to minor student misbehavior by handcuffing, arresting and criminalizing the young people they were intended to protect.” The report details many occasions in which students were arrested for non-crimes, including throwing a temper tantrum in class or writing on a school desk – all incidents, the organizations’ note, should have been handled by the school’s administration and guidance counsellors instead of the police.

“When we take a step back and review what we know about safe schools, we realize that these proposals go more towards creating the appearance of safety rather than towards actually creating truly safe schools,” the report reads.

The coalition suggests that the money being spent to fortify schools be invested in better mental health training for teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and program support for students, as well as the development of local programs that improve student safety while reducing the number of juveniles entering the system annually.

Increasing the police presence at schools is one of the ideas that the task force spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden is considering to make our schools safer and prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn. last month from happening again.

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  1. ANONymous Patriot says:

    Well hell, let’s just put TSA checkpoints in every school with soldiers for backup… I agree that more police in schools is not the answer. I believe in SMALLER government. That would definitely make their influence even larger. A couple of armed guards is a better idea IMO.

  2. BobC says:

    Let’s see…42% of those referred to police are black. 35% of those arrested are black. Gee, doesn’t that suggest that the blacks arrested committed a crime? Yeah, I’m a racist, I know. When the truth doesn’t allow blacks to be victims, it’s always racist. TOUGH.

    1. G Ken Weaver says:

      Whenever blacks are allowed to “act in their normal behavior” laws are being broken or people are being assaulted.
      Police prescence would ensure that normal savage behavior by blacks would come to a screeching halt.
      I’m for it! Police prescence in our schools would prevent the whackos from shooting our kids; and force the savages to act civilized!

    2. Ben says:

      Come now Bob, you know statistics are ‘rrrrrracist’…….

      1. BobC says:

        I learned early on that numbers don’t lie; liberals do. I’ve been living that lesson for the best part of my 54 years, and that truth has never failed me. Blacks cause a large percentage of all the crimes in this country – fact. Many blacks have been trained in the “victim” mentality, and cry “racism” at every turn when crime statistics come out. I don’t consider myself a racist. I have many good friends who are black, and to a body, they agree with all of this. They feel THEY’RE the victims of the ghetto criminal element who paint a stain on how many see their entire race.
        I’ve been called worse – like late for supper. I hate that!

  3. Spurwing Plover says:

    The leftists NAACP needs to lose its tax exempt status

  4. Don Smith says:

    Well make up your mind. Some urban parents understand what school is for. Not the majority by any means but evidently the NAACP understands the majority of students are going nowhere so this is their solution to violence…do nothing. For all of the attention that poor urban schools and poor urban students have received in the media over the past decade you’d think that organizations like the NAACP would be pumping every dollar and resource they had into schools and making a difference in young blacks lives. Instead they are deeply invested in the political machine AT THE EXPENSE of the urban school and therefore the urban student. So where are all of the “lip service” talking heads like Sharpton, the Reverend Jackson and all of the other black know-it-alls?

  5. Lwayne says:

    American blacks are the most racist sub group in America today.

  6. Ben says:

    Well it seems that police in these ‘urban’ schools would just make the transition to prison easier for the little tots……A rehearsal of sorts….

  7. steven says:

    There is an old saying, don’t start shit and there won’t be a stink.

  8. Howard says:

    It is sad to say; however, until we recognize the decay in the morality of our nation, the root cause of our black citizens will never be corrected. Last year, 70% of black births were out of wedlock and the white births were also outrageous at 30%. I would suggest that the majority of these children will have to depend on the government for subsistence. We are now into the third generation of our citizens dependent upon the “nanny state.” Schools, unfortunately, to a great degree has assumed parental responsibility for developing children into responsible and law abiding citizens…particularly those from single parent families. Those children raised on welfare only learn how to “work” the system for benefits and are not encouraged to become productive adults. As long as we continue to weaken the requirements for enrolling in the welfare programs, our nation will continue to sink deeper into the abyss of government dependency.

    In my opinion, we should require work prior to receiving welfare (food stamps,etc.) and unemployment benefits. The work could be geared to community services. There are a lot of unemployed individuals who have specialized skills; e.g., carpenters, plumbers, brick layers, roofers, mechanics, etc. etc. Perhaps their “required” work could be directed using their skills to work in the inner cities…heaven knows, there is a mountain of needs in that arena.

  9. BJenkum says:

    A shooter probably wouldn’t last long in an inner city school anyway, all those kids carry guns.

  10. Mary C. says:

    If the Police are in the school and they find criminal behavior like drug & gun possession, and they arrest the perp, that should be viewed as a good thing, not a bad thing. Why do the people in these organizations want to prevent this scenario, especially if the Police would be there to diffuse an armed intruder like in Connecticut, or discourage it all together? When weighing the choices, the saving of student lives should win the argument. And catching criminals in the schools is a bonus. Looks like

  11. Mary C. says:

    Looks like a Win Win situation to me. I vote for the Police presence.

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