Are School Officers Doing Their Jobs?

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?

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5 thoughts on “Are School Officers Doing Their Jobs?

  1. I think the idea is barbaric. I try to think of what is wrong with a society in which children are so violent they need law enforcement officers to monitor them in the daytime when they should be learning. The solution is not to provide lockups. It is to find out the cause for the disruptive aggressive behaviour and create a plan for treating it at the source. In my mind, these children have parents. So, it does not look good to have that as the supplementary parenting system for them. It looks, to me, like giving birth to children and having their nannies be prison wardens. Sickening. But what is to be done. Aggression is a vital part of the human engine but the channeling of that energy while the children are young, into outlets that will help them to grow up into emotionally stable and mentally balanced individuals is the homework that grownups need to do. How can a mind thrive under that much oppression? It cannot.

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    1. It’s good that you touched on the primary issue. There are many things in my education system that push adolescents to a dangerous point and it’s because everyone learns differently. I agree that these students have parents but I’ve seen that some problems arise from parenting. Instead of bringing in officers, we need to target the main sources whether that’s the education system or parents.

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      1. Exactly my point. Parents, even when they do their best, might not be able to raise wonderful children but if everyone makes the effort and takes responsibility for the role they need to play after bringing a child into the world, we might find the answer. Society is a collective, not discrete two or three person units that must fend for themselves. Sometimes we forget that what happens in one sector affects what happens in another sector. The input quality matters. Just a small amount of something significantly good or bad will affect a much bigger group. Think about the damage one neglected child can do without the buffer of good relatives, teachers and a nurturing social infrastructure can do. We read about them on the news every day. But no one wants to see it.

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      2. I am relying on you, Shane. You can do this. Politics is not the only way to be a person of influence. Business, art, finance, the arts. Whatever you choose to do, set your sights on being a person of influence. x

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