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Why Having Police in Schools May Be a Risk for Undocumented Students

Throughout the nation, there are more than 17,000 school resource officers (SRO), sworn law enforcement tasked to prevent crime, respond to emergency situations and educate youth about safety on K-12 campuses. Their presence, which has swelled over the last 15 years, may be good-natured, but it has precipitated the school-to-prison pipeline, the streamlining of students, mostly black and brown, into the juvenile justice system through punitive discipline practices on minor, nonviolent school infractions.