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Student: Police violence in Wake County schools 'is not something new'

Posted January 17

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— People demonstrated in the rain outside Tuesday afternoon’s meeting of the Wake County Board of Education to ask that police officers be removed from schools.

Demonstrators said the district has a history of excessive force, charging kids with crimes and discriminatory practices.

Among their demands, demonstrators want to see law enforcement officers removed from schools and replaced with counselors and mental health workers.

Demonstrators pointed specifically to a recent event in Rolesville High School in which a video appeared to show an officer slamming a female student to the floor.

Among the demonstrators Tuesday afternoon was a Wake County high school student who said the incident in Rolesville is not unique.

“It is not something new. It happens all the time. Just because this time it was documented, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. This time, a student caught it on camera,” said Southeast Raleigh High School senior Ramiyah Robinson.

During Tuesday evening's school board meeting, Wake County school board Chair Monika Johnson-Hostler addressed the concerns, saying school leaders and the public should continue talking through it.

"To talk about ways in which we create a safe environment for all of our students where our students can learn and our teachers can teach and we have a healthy school community," she said.

The State Bureau of Investigation is involved in the investigation of the incident at Rolesville High School.

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  • Wayne Smith Jan 18, 11:16 a.m.
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    I have to measure my words very carefully here, and when you read them reflect and not react. There is a very thin line between the type of people who go in to Law Enforcement and those who commit crimes. They come from the same socio-economic classes. That being said it is not a surprise when a member of LE commits an act that can be seen as criminal. They live in a world of criminality. When dealing with the law abiding public they ASSUME all people will act like criminals, and treat them harshly. This creates an ongoing problem. I went to school in the 60's and early 70's, there was never a need for the police at any school I attended. What changed?

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 18, 10:10 a.m.
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    As a former public school educator I can say these posts are right on!

  • Walter Greene Jan 18, 8:36 a.m.
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    We have a serious problem with lack of parenting these days. It's a real shame that we need to have police in our schools, but so many parents these days are either spoiling their children, neglecting them, and/or brainwashing them into believing they are the center of the universe and cannot be held accountable for their actions. What happened to teaching your children about hard work, respect for others, and good manners? When you teach your children that they don't have to respect authority, you're setting them up for a really difficult life. As a tax payer, it angers me that my tax dollars continue to be used to take up the slack for the bad parents instead of teaching the students who are there to learn.

  • Marty McCaffrey Jan 18, 4:28 a.m.
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    So this girl was standing there polishing her halo when this bad, bad cop came up and just body slammed her. Yea right.

  • Gsp Winner Jan 18, 3:55 a.m.
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    View quoted thread


    But there's hope Acts 2:38-40.

  • Gsp Winner Jan 18, 3:50 a.m.
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    We need more African American cops both men and women in the schools.

  • Lee McNeill Jan 17, 11:51 p.m.
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    seriously lack of former leadership. Please the admin staff did not help her and we all know that. I stand behind the former principal. Cant say the same for the current

  • Mo'Neesha Washington Jan 17, 10:51 p.m.
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    Sadly, now with this media censorship, people are going to be exposed to these types of stories without being able to read differing opinions.

  • Ken-Anita Martin Jan 17, 10:46 p.m.
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    Not surprising. Media coverage and activists have made blaming and scapegoating of police very easy to do. Current attitude toward police is much like attitude toward military after Vietnam. That eventually changed. Hopefully our attitude on police will as well, soon.
    Romans 13:4.

  • Chad Overton Jan 17, 9:58 p.m.
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    Having seen how some students treat and disrespect teachers and fellow students adding more counselors is not going to solve anything. Sorry but we had a resource officer when I was in High School and EVERYBODY had respect for him. Only once when a student got thrown into a glass window did he have to lay down the law. Even then he calmly walked in and verbally put both the students in their place (and they complied) I can't imagine having to even be in that position right now with all the entitled kids half of who don't want to be there in the 1st place. As far as the specific RHS situation that school is a disaster due to lack of former leadership. Hopefully things get better with time and new leaders. On the surface the student that got thrown to the ground looks really excessive and wrong but I will reserve final judgment until independent facts come out. if the cop did this unnecessarily he should be fired. if not the community owes him an apology.

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