(Neb)-ACLU Study Critical Of Neb SRO Programs
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says Nebraska's school police programs disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities.
The ACLU of Nebraska released a report Thursday that says such programs fuel a "school to prison" pipeline, citing several cases where police were called, including one involving brothers in elementary school yelling at each other.
ACLU Nebraska legal and policy counsel Rose Godinez says that as a result of having a permanent police presence in schools, children are far more likely to face school-based arrests for disciplinary matters than they were a generation ago.
The report found that more than 1,500 students in public schools with school police were referred to law enforcement during the 2015-16 school year - noting that some schools have police but no counselor, social worker or nurse.
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