A South Carolina task force is recommending that school resource officers (SRO) be required to receive additional training and only be used in criminal-related incidents rather than minor class disruptions.
State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman revealed Tuesday morning the findings of the Safe Schools Taskforce. The taskforce was formed in November after the controversial removal of a student by an SRO at Spring Valley High School in Columbia got nationwide attention.
“We have made a strong set of recommendations that we feel if implemented will strengthen and clarify the roles of the teacher, the principal and the school resource officer in the school,” Spearman said.
Over the last four months the group of educators, parents and law enforcement have examined current school policies, educator involvement and law enforcement training criteria. Spearman outlined recommendations that she said would focus on making incidents like the one at Spring Valley less likely to occur.
“First we found we really needed to adopt the federal definition of a school resource officer, we found that we needed to offer uniform training requirements and additional access to training for law enforcement to become school resources officers,” she said. [Read more…]