By John P. Flannery
Many students and parents are rightly upset that school principals, administrators and counselors conspire and combine with police assigned to the schools (called “resource officers”) to make schools more like prisons.
Police are assigned to almost every school with one principal function being to criminalize what used to be student discipline, to stigmatize young students, to compromise their futures – what schools they may attend and what jobs they may aspire to have.
Nor is this some informal arrangement between the school and the police. It’s the law. Virginia Code Annotated Section 22.1-279.3:1 spells out how student discipline at the school transmogrifies into a crime. … Continue Reading