Liberal Educators Shocked That Parents Would Side With Police
Liberals are foolishly under the belief that the public doesn't want the police around. Many Libs bought BLM's and the MSM's anti-police propaganda. But not everyone was manipulated by the counterproductive "defund the police" movement. Woke Teachers polled parents to find out if they were in agreement about getting rid of the Resource Officer at the school and the results threw them off. Not only did most parents want the Officer to stay, they were also in favor of employing another Resource Officer for the school.
"A committee made up of students, administrators, parents, and other community members recommended Wednesday that the district expand the role of the SRO to include more mentorship responsibilities and consider adding additional hours to the role or a second SRO. Several committee members said they had not expected to expand the SRO’s responsibilities, but came to believe that the SRO has a positive impact at Berkeley schools.
The recommendation came as a surprise to many board members, who hoped the committee would imagine school safety without an armed police officer stationed on campus. Save Laura Babbitt, who supported the recommendations, most board members prodded the committee to further investigate alternatives to policing.
Gabe Fredman, a teacher on special assignment who supports positive school and classroom culture district-wide, said he did not expect to get behind the SRO role. But he changed his mind when he saw what a difference it can make when students have an existing relationship with an officer.
“The need to call the police will continue to be there at a large secondary school,” he said. “It was really compelling how the SRO has functioned at Berkeley High, which seems different than my experience in other school districts, where, when the police were called, they sort of came in as an invading force,” Fredman said.
Indeed, when the committee surveyed students and staff, no teachers and fewer than 6% of students found the SRO “hostile or mistrustful of kids.” The majority of people surveyed supported the SRO position, including 72% of Black students, 73% of Latino students, 77% of Asian students, and 62% of white students. White staff members were the most critical of the SRO role, with 54% opposing the position."
So it's only the white "woke" Teachers that really have a problem with police here. But anyone with half a brain cell could see how useful it is to have an officer on the school grounds. Police are deterrents. This position is also all about connecting with the community and even Liberals should be happy about community policing.