It has been asserted that the presence of law enforcement officers in Wake County schools “does more harm than good” for students of color.
A Black student organization in North Carolina is campaigning against the presence of school resource officers on campus, citing the shooting that occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, as an example of the dangers that can arise from having police officers present on campus.
According to leaders of the Wake County Black Student Coalition who recently spoke with the Associated Press, they assert that the presence of police officers on school campuses “causes more harm than good” for kids of color, who they allege are disproportionately arrested or penalized. This is according to statements made by the leaders of the coalition.
In the wake of the school shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas, the police presence in and around the schools in North Carolina was increased to calm both the pupils and the parents.
Malika Mobley, who is the president of the Wake County Black Student Coalition and a senior at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, was incensed when she heard about the plan to prioritize the safety of kids.