Spring Valley SRO Incident Prompts Broader Look at Officers’ Role in Schools

-THE HERALD, 1 NOVEMBER 2015, FEAT. PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN:

After cameras captured a Richland County sheriff’s deputy forcefully removing a Spring Valley High School student from her desk to the floor, local and national opinions erupted over not just what happened in that math class, but what happens – and what should happen – in the more than 84,000 schools around the nation that have a security presence on campus.

Numerous people in education, law enforcement and beyond have spoken out, saying the clear function of school resource officers is not to intervene in routine discipline matters in schools, such as in the Spring Valley incident, which reportedly stemmed from the student’s refusal to surrender her cellphone and leave the classroom. <Read More>