In-Depth: Introduced by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), the School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2018 would examine school safety standards:
“American schools are soft targets, and as a nation, we must change that. Airlines used to be soft targets, they’re certainly not anymore. Right now, there is no comprehensive data regarding the deployment of school safety assets in schools across our nation.”
Additionally, Higgins is working on the School Watch and Training (SWAT) Act. This measure would set federal standards for tactical training for school resource officers.
“School resource officers by and large have a particular ability to communicate with kids, they have a great deal of patience, they know how to help young American make it through the difficult times of the teenage years.”
Of Note: In order to curb violence in America’s schools, communities have employed increased security in the form of police, or “Community Resource Officers.” These officers, in most cases, would act as armed guards in order to “harden” schools from such violence by serving as a deterrent and first line of defense.
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