Portland is pulling police officers from its public schools

Jun 4 2020, 12:08 pm

In a social media post published this morning, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero says he has officially discontinued the School Resource Officers program.

“We need to re-examine our relationship with the PPB (Portland Police Bureau),” Guerrero said.

“The time is now. With new proposed investments in direct student supports (social workers, counselors, culturally-specific partnerships, and more),” reads the rest of the tweet from Guerrero. “I am discontinuing the regular presence of School Resource Officers.”

This news comes after days of protests in Portland following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police — who have all had charges laid against them since.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler retweeted Superintendent Guerrero’s stance stating, “We agree.”

Leaders must listen and respond to the community. We must disrupt the patterns of racism and injustice,” added the mayor. “I am pulling police officers from schools.

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