After a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas, schools across the country pledged to boost security measures and increase law enforcement’s presence on campus — partly to reassure parents and students.
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But the police inside the schools can make some students not less but more restless. Especially for black students and other students of color, their personal experiences with the police can leave them feeling vulnerable and isolated from school when they see officers on campus.
High school senior Malika Mobley has seen three different school resource officers patrol the campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Once on his way home from school, Mobley saw officers detained a distraught classmate and pushed the student into the back of a police vehicle.
“They were crying, ‘Why are you doing this to me? I didn’t do anything,’” said Mobley, co-chair of the Wake County Black Student Coalition. “I just had to stand…