Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) wants to leave our children unprotected in their schools. She opposes allowing school staff to tool up. And now, in a new editorial, she proposes eliminating armed school resource officers, leaving our nation’s children utterly undefended from madmen and losers.
Recently, footage of a school resource officer violently apprehending an 11-year-old black girl hit our social media feeds. That video highlighted the unfortunate reality — that young black and brown students across the country live with this threat every day, and reopened conversation around a central question: why was a police officer there to begin with?
Police using force to take someone who’s violently resisting arrest into custody is now a “threat” in Elizabeth Warren’s mind? Hate to break it to her, but like all Americans, I live with that threat every day. We all do.
How do we mitigate this threat? We obey lawful commands from peace officers. Using “sir” and compliance goes a long way to showing respect. Not cursing, punching, biting, kicking and clawing while refusing to follow reasonable, lawful commands.
The 1/1024th American Indian continues…
In the 1990s, hundreds of police officers were deployed to public schools across the country as a component of the war on drugs and later in response to school shootings. Today, at least fourteen million students attend schools staffed with a police officer — but without a single counselor, social worker, psychologist, or nurse.
Because counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses do such a great job deterring violent attacks in schools and mounting meaningful resistance should the worst happen?
Not so much.
With what does Warren’s propose to replace school resource officers? “Restorative justice.”
Last month, I released a criminal justice reform plan anchored in the idea that we need to transition from a punitive to a rehabilitative system — including by adopting discipline policies for our schools that draw students in rather than pushing them out. This means restorative justice programs… [emphasis original]
That’s exactly the kind of policy that was in practice at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that gave us the Parkland school killer. From the Epoch Times:
It has been more than one year since Andrew Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow, in the Parkland school shooting on February 14, 2018. In that time, he has searched for the reasons behind the tragedy, which he says was facilitated by the moral failure of the public school system…
“They had to frisk him before he entered the school,” Pollack said to the audience at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on September 16.
“He threatened students’ lives. He wasn’t arrested,” he said…
In January 2014, Then-President Barack Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued “Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline,” in order to fix what’s being called the “school-to-prison pipeline,” where black students and students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to suspensions and expulsions.
The policy also discouraged referring students to law enforcement. The suggested alternative is “restorative justice,” where the offender and the victim sit down together with a counselor to discuss and repair the harm.
And now California, under Gov. Gavin Newsom, wants in on “restorative justice” too. From later in the Epoch Times piece…
Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law that all public and charter schools could no longer suspend students in elementary and middle schools for disruptive behavior or “willful defiance.” Schools are encouraged to turn to restorative justice as an alternative.
“It can’t make sense to you to put your kid in a school where they could say whatever they want to the teacher,” Pollack said, “They can act any way they want, no consequence. Those are the same policies led to my daughter get murdered. And they are still in Broward.”
This is the restorative justice Elizabeth Warren wants to bring to schools nationwide. Schools without anyone present to thwart a lunatic bent on murder.
If she has her way, Warren would make our children undefended targets for sick and evil individuals. All in the name of “social justice.”