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Schenectady superintendent says cops don’t belong in schools

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The attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has many debating the value of school resource officers — police stationed at individual schools, as suggested by the NRA. But in Schenectady, the debate has moved beyond protection to a wider issue: Should police be involved in student infractions? The national debate has focused on the idea of police as protectors, stationed to keep out those who might start a massacre. In reality, though, school ...

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January 3, 2013
7:32 a.m.

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The SPD built a great relationship with the kids in SHS, both sides got a better perspective and I believe the police stopped criminal behavior before it happened. One cop who is a friend of mine and a SRO for a few years told me that lots of these kids have a crappy home life, no father, drug using mother, no food or money. He said my job is to show them hope and give them a chance so that we don't have to deal with them as adults on the streets doing the same things their parents are doing. Those SRO's are not there as cops as much as they are there as mentors. Believe it or not, Schenectady Police are people too and they want the same thing for our kids as they do for their own kids.

January 3, 2013
10:55 a.m.

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The super is am IDIOT!!!!!!! Schdy HS is a micro version of the city and such once the kids leave it, create the same violent environment that they have in the school! Little infractions? In today's world those little things become big things and if you want to address violence there should be a zero tolerance policy! School is a place of learning not of intimidation! Look at he students who killed themselves over being bullied in school by city gangs!The days of sending little Jimmy or Suzie to the office for being bad are over. Those are big kids, and big kids deserve BIG punishment! As for the middle school and elementary schools having the PD there can go a long way to deter the poor perception of the police that some parents instill at a young age. It's no longer about making little JOhnny and Suzie feel good about themselves, it's about keeping EVERYONE safe!