SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Guest speakers and students shared their stories on how policing in schools has affected them.
The panel included parents, teachers and students across the state who spoke about their experiences having resource officers in their school building.
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The report on school policing in Massachusetts found that arrest rates increased for school rule violations that wouldn’t normally be criminal.
It also found that with around 200 incidents across the country, resource officers intervened in a school shooting twice.
The report also found students of color are commonly singled out for arrest.
The findings said more effective ways of promoting safety should be done and recommends the end to policing in schools.