Starting next month two schools in Nashville will no longer have School Resource Officers. The Nashville Police Department told WTVF the decision was made because the schools have reported “toxic” environments and the SROs are being harassed by the students on a daily basis.
There are roughly 70 SROs employed by the Metro Nashville Public School district. Each high school and most middle schools have at least one SRO on campus.
The school district has an option to station MNPS security guards instead of the soon to be removed SROs. The district has not decided whether those security guards would be armed or not.
City Police officers are also being asked to patrol both schools for the remainder of the year.
Some of the most troubled teens in the district are students at the two alternative schools. Many of the students have criminal records and have been kicked out of most conventional high schools due to behavioral issues.
The school district says the three SROs being pulled have had to focus more on security issues rather than building relationships with students.
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