Educators applaud Resource Officers in their Schools Where is the Media?

October 31, 2015  While the growing controversy over the latest media outburst over an Officer that was filmed in S.C. with a student that would not follow the rules in class, listen to her teacher or principal and refused warnings from a Police Resource Officer abound in the media. Educators around the nation as well as students are standing up now for their resource officers.

PORTAGE, Mich (WWMT) reports that for over two decades Officers have been stationed in their school district. Reporters spoke with school officials who did nothing but praise their resource officers. Principal Eric Alburtus was quoted as saying that their recourse officer has become an integral part of the community.

“They’re in classrooms, they’re talking to kids. They’re a part of our instructional day. I don’t think a week goes by that our school resource is in a classroom, talking about something,” says Alburtus. Alburtus says that helps student development a relationship as well as respect for police officers.
“Our kids can understand what police are for and what their jobs are all about. Our kids can see it and have empathy for how difficult those jobs are,” says Alburtus.

In his two decades at the helm of Portage Central, Alburtus say he hasn’t had a problem with school resource officers. He adds–one bad incident shouldn’t overrule decades of good work. “Could we survive without a school resource officer? Of course but we would lose so much,” says Alburtus.

Inform likewise wrote about a School resource officer in Hunter, N.D. named Deputy Tonya Jahner who spends most of her days earning the trust and getting to know of students even if that means jumping into games with them.

Working to know them andgain their trust in these small ways helps her work in bigger ways she said “Maybe they’re being abused, maybe there’s bullying issues within the school, and we really need to open that door for them so that they’re comfortable talking to us about those things,” Jahner said.

Aside from her daily duties, Deputy Jahner also helped develop an emergency response plan for the school and monitors an anonymous text-a-tip line.

“We see it as a very proactive position that’s really building bridges between the community, helping students make another connection to an adult who’s a positive role model in this building,” Northern Cass Superintendent Cory Steiner said.

For the students, some say getting to know Officer Tonya helps change their perception of law enforcement. “Not scary, because when you think of a cop sometimes you just kind of get a little scared. But no, she’s very nice,” sophomore Mikayla Branden said.

Officer Justin Schlottman who is a School resource Officer was quoted by PBS as saying that “My presence in these roles has made me part of the fabric of the school rather than an outsider, which strengthens the relationships with the students, staff, visitors and stakeholders. The school is in essence a community in itself, and building those relationships helps ensure that their school community is safe. It allows me to be more effective, so that when students graduate from my school, they don’t just remember me as a uniform, badge and gun, but as someone who was there for them in their emergency, no matter how big or small.”

What fails to gather the media attention that the recent S.C. incident has is the violence that has erupted in our schools everywhere and the lack of control that school officials seem to have t prevent it. While teachers are assaulted in their classrooms and it is filmed by students it is put up on social media. It goes viral and encourages further misbehavior and social misconduct by others. The lack of respect is clear to the teachers and for authority which in turn transcends school because it is not taught to younger people when it can be.

Instead the rush to judgment of a narrative to blame authority is pushed. To accuse those who are there to teach or preserve order are the ones who are placed under the microscope of media while the true offenders are allowed to behave in anyway that they want because of their age.

Meanwhile scenes like what happened on October 29, 2015 happen at William Allen High School in Allentown, Pa. where 200 “kids” ended up injuring 4 officers who tried to break up a fight according to the Daily News. The melee was incredible where officers were overwhelmed by sheer numbers of  kids who lost control and went on a rampage trampling officers, pushing them to the ground and hitting them at will while others jeered them on.

One can only wonder why the same national media attention is not given to the assaults that are being perpetrated daily in America by students againt the adults that have to deal with them? Look at some examples below.




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