The recent news story of excess force of an officer in a school in South Carolina has sparked a question in my mind. Do designated school officers make a substantial difference in the safety of a school?
Canada is relatively safe compared to America so keep that in mind since I’m in Canada. I suppose there is less police presence in my area but I’m thinking that will change soon. However, we’re not talking about the open world where adults with gun permits can roam free. Instead, we’re talking about high schools where the majority of the students are under 18. They’re simply adolescents trying to enter the real world.
Maybe exposing students to a police officer is one way of introducing adolescents to society. One can look at that theory as a scare tactic. And yes, I know that these officers are present at schools for legitimate reasons but I’m also here to question the system, especially the one that runs my school.
Sometimes I wonder if my school officer is doing her job. She most certainly has more issues to deal with but by the look at the state of my school, nothing has changed. Smoking bylaws are completely ignored and the office deals with bylaw infractions by sending a teacher. In my opinion, a city bylaw infraction shouldn’t be dealt by a teacher. By sending a teacher, you’re complicating the issue by sending someone who is incompetent.
With non bylaw infractions; an officer shouldn’t be sent. It’s as simple as that but it seems like teachers are incompetent at dealing with classroom “issues”. Sounds like teachers are incompetent in both cases but it’s all about who deals with what. If administrators knew who to send when there’s an issue, we’d have less problems.
There are plenty of other factors that I haven’t touched on but that is the main issue.
What is your opinion? Should every school have an officer?