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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Plan to put police in schools 'full of problems'

Plan to put police in schools 'full of problems'
The plan to put police officers in selected low-decile high schools from next month is being criticised as "fraught with problems". The Quality Public Education Coalition national chairman John Minto said yesterday that the proposal should be abandoned. "Police already have relationships with schools and visit for a variety of reasons and there is no need to move outside this model to station police permanently in schools. "Schools are educational institutions and are not there to provide captive audiences to encourage children to inform on their friends and families."

Putting Police into schools to gather intelligence is a bad idea, will kids have their rights explained to them when talking to the cops? Will they have an independent adult present? Cops already make those bullshit visits where all the students have to sit through some bullshit assembly and some fat cop talks about the dangers of this and that, so why make that a daily thing? If spying on kids in school is the answer, you are asking the wrong question.


At 21/2/08 9:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, if spying on kids is the reason then the cops shouldn't go in...but if stopping bullying and sorting out the little shits who are causing grief to other kids trying to get on with life is the purpose for the cops being there then go for it I reckon.


At 21/2/08 12:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See what happens when you take the power out of the hands of the teacher (No Strap, no cane), you have to bring the police in.
Now theres no smaking at home,,, are the govt going to put a copper in each home when that goes out of control ???
Time to be sensible I think....

At 21/2/08 2:03 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

I can't believe that it's an intelligence gathering exercise. I'm thinking Johnny Depp and 21 jump St here - and, nahhh, can't see it. I think it's to intimidate the bad kids into being good and providing an authority-figure role-model.

At 21/2/08 11:01 pm, Anonymous deano said...

It is a good move. The schools targeted in this programme all have problems with gangs, vandalism and violence. Children need to obey the law too. It will act as a deterrent, and will make good students feel safer. What is wrong with that?

At 22/2/08 10:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see this as much about having a police presence in schools to deter nonpupils from entering school grounds with bad intentions. At the moment they can tell the (mostly female) teaching staff to fuck off and proceed to do what they like. They probably wouldn't be so bold with a cop hanging around.


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