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Editorial: Boundaries necessary when employing school resource officers

Woodland Hills Superintendent James Harris talked to reporters after the school board voted to retain school resource officers Thursday night, with a few changes made to their role. “This is a different Woodland Hills than the one from a few weeks ago,” Harris said. (Photo by Kieran Mclean | Contributing Writer)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 27, 2018

To create a safe environment free of brutality, there needs to be an enforced divide between students and school resource officers. Rather than consider them responsible for discipline, it would be better to call them security officers and set their main function as external security.

Pittsburgh area school to keep controversial cops

Darnika Reed, 38, of Wilkins Township speaks at the hearing. “It’s still police brutality if it’s in khakis and a polo shirt,” she said. (Photo by Kieran Mclean | Contributing Writer)

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018

The Woodland Hills School board voted to renew its contracts with the Rankin and Churchill police departments and keep armed officers in schools despite a string of violent incidents.

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