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The presence of police in schools has increased as race relations have increased ever since the George FLoyd incident last summer. The increase in their presence comes off the heels of the race relations that have ensued and it has make places wonder if they should cut ties or increase police presence in both the U.S. and Canada.

The amount of police that are present in schools depends, both on the size of the school as well as their need for it.

Key Takeaways:

  • The presence of police in schools has become something that has been questionned since last summer
  • Racial tensions were high in schools especially with the George Floyd incident.
  • The police presence is based on the school board and their capacity at the time.

"Amid the North America-wide reckoning on race that has ensued, the question of whether or not to cut ties with police — or to have them regularly present in schools — has been raised in school districts in Canada and the U.S."

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Security Guard

Last July, the D.C Council voted to eliminate its security contract with the Metropolitan Police Department. The drive to remove police from schools comes in response to concerns that students of color have been subject to zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. In fact, black youths now account for 92% of student arrests. Critics point out that police are not just used to handle dangerous situations, but to deal with minor infractions.

The message sent to students of color is that they cannot be trusted. The money saved by cancelling the police contract could pay for hundreds of psychologists, guidance counselors, and social workers. However, there are still more than 300 security guards walking the halls of D.C. schools.

Key Takeaways:

  • The DC uprisings and protests against racial injustices created many rippling effects, including a decision to remove police presence in the DC schools.
  • The DC council in particular took a vote and decided to end their double-digit million dollar contract with the MPD.
  • The vote to end the police presence was 8 to 5. And while it spurred activists to take heart, many felt it did not end the problem in its entirety.

"The bill made D.C. Public Schools responsible for overseeing school resource officers instead of MPD, meaning more than 300 security guards continue roaming the halls of D.C. schools."

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Juvenile Arrest

In the world of real-time information and chase for attention and viewership, media reports give out an impression that crime among youth is at high-levels. The reality is exactly the opposite, since nationwide youth arrests are at a historically low rate.

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To put it in perspective, in the last 25 years, this rate dropped almost 75%. This indicator of success is the result of preventive reach programs that many organizations and local governments participate in and which often focus on after-school activities and programs which keep the children off the streets.

Key Takeaways:

  • There were just under 700,000 youth arrests in 2019, a 74% decline since 1996.
  • The Boys and Girls Club's after school program keeps youths off the street.
  • Girls' share of juvenile arrests has grown from 18% to 31% since 1980.

"Juvenile arrests for burglary, theft and arson are at their lowest levels since 1980."

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Police Body Camera

The officers were initially responding to a domestic violence dispute and were seeking Thompson to speak with him about a report made against him, according to the district attorney. Allen said the officers were not aware that Thompson had a gun.

According to TBI, a struggle ensued between officers and Thompson Jr., during which the student’s gun was fired. Law enforcement responded by firing their weapons twice.No information was released about whether the returned fire struck the student.

Key Takeaways:

  • “We believe in the importance of public trust and accountability,” the officers said in a statement via their law firm.
  • Body camera video shows the officers approaching Thompson, who was holed up in a bathroom stall.
  • The teen’s family disagrees, however, and said it asked Allen to hold off on releasing the body camera video until after Thompson’s burial service Thursday, a relative told WBIR.

"Few details have been released in the incident up until this point, and Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and the community have called for body camera video to be made public."

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Officers responded to a report of a possible gunman at the school just before dismissal Monday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a press conference that night, The Associated Press reported.

The student refused to comply with officers ordering him out of a bathroom, which led him to begin shooting at officers, who returned fire and ultimately killed him, said Rausch. It was not made clear whether he was the officer who fatally shot the student.

Key Takeaways:

  • A student opened fire on officers responding to a report of a possible gunman at a Tennessee high school Monday, and police shot back and killed him, authorities said.
  • The shooting is the latest blow to a community still reeling from off-campus gun violence that has left three other students from the high school dead this year.
  • It wasn’t yet clear why the student brought a gun to school or why he fired at officers. It was also not clear if Willson was the officer who shot the student.

"Police found the student in a bathroom and ordered him to come out, but he wouldn’t comply, Rausch said."

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