Teachers Want to Remove School Officers Despite Shootings

January 17, 2023

In Portland an ongoing debate about whether to keep School Resource Officers, who are often police for the school district, has begun following four shootings near Portland public schools. Specifically, the Portland Teachers Union would rather have mental health resources as opposed to the resource officers.

"From the conversations I had I definitely did not hear teachers echoing, Let’s bring them back! What I heard from teachers was like, Woah, we need to bring in the community and students to this conversation, and we really do not want police officers inside our schools unnecessarily,” she said.

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