What do you think about having uniformed police officers in schools?

@indexer (1655)
Leicester, England
October 28, 2015 6:13am CST
Some video footage has just been released that shows a uniformed police officer in a US school throwing an unruly pupil across the floor, because she refused to follow a teacher's instruction. This horrifies me - for all sorts of reasons. My son, who is on the autistic spectrum, had behavioural problems at school, and might well have behaved like the pupil in question. If he had been tackled by a uniformed police officer - who was presumably not trained in any form of child care - the results could have been extremely serious. He would have lost all respect for the police, probably for life, and would certainly never have set foot inside an educational establishment ever again. I understand that American schools need security - by surely not by having uniformed policemen on the premises?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Oct 15
While I agree that the girl should have listened to the teacher and the administrator, and have no problem with her getting a detention or other punishment, I do think there was no reason to involve that officer to begin with, and absolutely no cause for him to treat her the way he did. He could have severely injured her. It was abuse of power and excessive force. There is no situation that I can think of where refusing to obey (non-violently) is justification for that kind of force. My boy has autism also btw.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Dec 15
there was no justification for himto do that. we kmay need to have some sort of armed securityguards but they must be trained toprotect the kids and teachers not to harm them.
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• United States
28 Oct 15
There is no mild way to put this..that cop is a friggin nutcase..there was no need for that at all. And he has been fired...breaking news. Schools are like prisons here. I have seen videos of abuse by those same school cops to autistic kids here in the USA also. Autistic does not matter here..it is the power and thrill of abuse for them. These cops and 'security' are dangerous too as well as the environment in schools here. That is what I think of cops in schools and elsewhere. Though admittedly some sort of security is needed. How are you schools fairing there?
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• United States
30 Oct 15
@indexer I can see that John that the teacher has a great influence, even over here. It is astounding to me with all the different people in UK and yet, the order is held in the schools there. As you say stabbing, killing is rare. It is more violent here by a long shot.
@LadyDuck (176254)
• Switzerland
28 Oct 15
I discussed years ago with a Californian teacher, you have no idea the problems they have with kids and teenagers in the schools, I was horrified. This cop was not the best of the bunch, it's not a reason why they are not useful, teachers need to be protected, believe me.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Dec 15
yes I have heard that too and I think that they do need some security people but they must be trained to care ab out the schoolkids too,
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
28 Oct 15
in most schools we have kind babushka who is responsible for keeping order