6580d18d935ea3001ec8c0ca Montgomery Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa (California) board votes to bring resource officers back to high schools

Dec. 18, 2023
The district ended its resource officer program in 2020, but a fatal stabbing at one of its high schools prompted officials to reconsider.

The Santa Rosa (California) City School Board has voted to launch a pilot program that returns police officers to high school campuses

KTVU-TV reports that some of the most vocal advocates for the program were students themselves - including several from Montgomery High School, where a 16-year-old student was fatally stabbed in March.

"Please show us, through your actions, that you, the board, are listening to us, not just hearing us," said one of the students.

Students told board members that 90% of the more than 570 students surveyed want to bring police back to campus, permanently. 

Santa Rosa High Schools had school resource officers assigned to it schools until 2020, when the board decided to suspend the program.

This year, after several violent incidents, fights and stabbings in the past nine months, the district superintendent and the city manager decided to bring police back to the high school campuses on a temporary basis--until winter break.

After an hours-long discussion, the school board voted 5 to 2 to create a program that brings school police back permanently.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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