The Justice Department also urged the court to consider whether the officer’s decision to handcuff little kids was “punitive, rather than necessary to ensure safety.” It pointed out that the officer had told the child “to behave the way you’re supposed to or you suffer the consequences,” a statement that indicated the handcuffing was punitive.
The department also said that an “improperly implemented [school resource officer] program can unnecessarily exacerbate the school-to-prison pipeline and cause significant harm to students.”
School resource officers, DOJ lawyers wrote, “must respect the constitutional and statutory rights of the citizens they serve. This is particularly critical in the school context, where the impact of a police interaction on a child can last a lifetime.”
Video of what NOT to do is here
The District has said it is working towards training administrators, teachers, and staff on how to appropriately respond to our kids’ actiing out behavior. It has also promised to engage parents to learn how best to help their children during these episodes so we all work to help our kids the best way possible.