Report calls for training for school resource officers

Posted February 3, 2011 6:03 p.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2011 6:18 p.m. EST

— A report released Thursday calls for school resource officers in Wake County to have more training in working with children and youth.

Legal Aid North Carolina issued the 20-page report and describes the current practices for the officers as "misguided." 

The report calls for education leaders to rethink the way schools can be safe and nurturing. It recommends alternatives like community service and restitution for students undergoing suspensions and arrests. 

The advocates also believe arrests, delinquency and criminal charges against students who commit minor offenses in schools should be prohibited. 

School resource officers should undergo intensive, mandatory training, and their use of guns, Tasers and pepper spray on campus should be strictly limited, according to the report.