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Discipline: How Much Should An SRO Be Involved?

One technique for helping prinicipals know when they should ask their SRO to be involved.

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Take Aways:

  1. Tough decisions are made much easier by placing it in a known context.

  2. When disciplining students, imagine you’re the student’s real parents and you’ll be guaranteed to act in the child’s best interest.

  3. Make things personal! We’re dealing with children—individual people—and not simply a problem.   


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How to Relate this to Kids:

This topic is not really for students, but there is an indirect crossover that has to be considered which is critically important. Namely, how do the students see your SRO (and the police)?


It goes without saying that you're going to call the SRO for violent and criminal behavior, but please keep this in mind that as the building principal you don't want the kids to only associate your SRO with terrible, bad, and violent events. This is the wrong message to send and it's a message that SRO's (and police) have been trying to get rid of for a very long time. Too many people have the wrong idea that SRO's really only care about arresting kids and that they only come around when something bad happens.


If you only involve your SRO for serious and violent behaviors, it's almost guaranteed to enhance this misconception. This is not a small thing and it will do great damage to your SRO program and in the long run it will also hurt your efforts.



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