Letter: Are students safer with school police force?

To the editor:

A Center Grove student was arrested by school police for falsely confessing to a bomb threat, detained in the Juvenile Detention Center, not informed of his/her rights and not allowed to have a parent present (May 15, “Wrong student arrested in bomb threat”). Scary to imagine as an adult. What must it have been like for a teenager and the parents?

Let me state that I have never been on the bandwagon for schools having their own police departments. Taxpayers already pay for police/sheriff departments. When services are needed, call on the professionals. Show me the evidence that school police departments decrease crime and violent threats at school.

You would need police in each entrance, hallway, classroom and bus. Having your own police may give you a warm, fuzzy, safe and comfortable feeling, but are the students safer? But it does give the appearance that the school is more concerned about their students than other schools and puts the school in an elitist position.

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