The past 30 years have seen a drive to install school resource officers—essentially, police officers—in public schools.
Federal funding for school resource officer programs increased dramatically in the early aughts, and has been climbing since.
The funding of school resource officers has also come at the expense of funding for other services for youth, Thurau said.
“We don’t know, for instance, what most school resource officers’ policies are for using restraints,” she said.
It is crucial for school resource officers to understand these issues, she said, adding that involving young people in these dialogues and giving them a voice is also important.