Peace Warriors with their advisor Gerald Smith Credit: photo courtesy of NLCP

Conversations about the presence of law enforcement officers in schools and the role they play in policing Black student bodies are taking place in boardrooms, government offices, and school lunchrooms. 

As a result, questions like whether or not to arm teachers to protect them from intruders and their own students divide the public. And reworking punishments for students who do engage in fights, or break school rules, are shaping the way juvenile detention is viewed. 

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Aziah Siid

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