Updated agreement further defines roles of Wake school resource officers
Many who spoke during Tuesday's Wake County school board meeting regarding an updated agreement outlining how school resource officers interact with students have been vocal critics of the issue, including Selina Garcia, whose arrest made her a prominent face in the ongoing debate.Posted — Updated
Her case highlighted issues with the state foster care system and served as fuel for those who say law enforcement officers should not arrest students for issues that could be handled at school.
“I was incarcerated by an SRO who said I needed to learn a lesson,” Garcia told school board members Tuesday.
“It addresses some critical areas we need to address,” said school board member Keith Sutton.
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, who was not at the meeting, said he has no issue with the updated document.
But critics say the agreement has holes.
“There is a gaping exception that says school resource officers can get involved anytime there is a violation of criminal law," said Jennifer Story, an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina's Advocate for Children Services.
Wake County Board of Education Chairwoman Christine Kushner believes the updated agreement is a step in the right direction.
“I feel really good about where we are with this understanding,” she said.
The board is expected to vote on the agreement during the June 17 school board meeting.
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