Schoolhouse Beat

Critics say police presence in schools leads to unwarranted arrests

As districts consider placing more police officers in schools, The New York Times is reporting that youth advocates and judges have concerns about a surge in criminal charges against children for misbehavior that many believe is better handled in the principal’s office. The effectiveness of using police officers in schools to deter crime or the remote threat of armed intruders is unclear. But critics say too many students are being arrested for behavior such as scuffles, truancy and cursing at teachers.

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