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Homeroom SecuritySchool Discipline in an Age of Fear$
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Aaron Kupchik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748206

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748206.001.0001

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A Blue Line on the Chalkboard

A Blue Line on the Chalkboard

Police Presence in Schools

Chapter:
(p.78) 3 A Blue Line on the Chalkboard
Source:
Homeroom Security
Author(s):

Nicole L. Bracy

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814748206.003.0003

This chapter considers the effects of a particularly important (and symbolically powerful) school security initiative: full-time police officers in public schools. Though they bravely attempt to counsel and mentor students, often police have neither the skills nor the resources to do so effectively. Their presence escalates disciplinary situations, both by introducing a law-and-order mentality to the school and by facilitating the arrest of students whose crimes may otherwise have been considered too minor to warrant calling the police. Yet despite these real problems, their presence helps in some ways; though they seem unable to prevent most misbehavior, they do ease the fears and insecurities of almost all stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and administrators. This benefit needs to be considered along with the drawbacks in an informed, critical discussion about whether the schools should have full-time police officers on campus.

Keywords:   police, police on campus, disciplinary situations, school security initiatives, law-and-order mentality

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