SACRAMENTO — The number of school resource officers at Sacramento City Unified’s campuses will drop from eight assigned to various schools to three who float between all the schools.
“I’m not sure how you take three people and divide them amongst 70 plus school sites,” said Rosemont High School science teacher Julie Snider. “I’m just not sure how that’s supposed to work.”
Snider said she feels the school resource officer is an important part of life on campus.
“He councils potential runaways. He talks with kids who are becoming suicidal. He does a lot of things that are above and beyond what you would think a police officer would do,” she explained.
Snider’s wife, Tina Stidman, said with all the recent mass shootings, removing officers from campuses seems ill-advised.
“And to all of a sudden remove that, not have anybody there as a buffer so that people think twice about their behavior, just seems rather ludicrous at this day and time,” Stidman said.
The district said some have complained that armed uniform officers on campus have made them feel uneasy, especially among minority students.
The alternative district safety plan states the presence of a police officer on campus causes concern due to reports across the country of alleged police brutality.
Thursday night, the school board passed the proposal 6 to 1.