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School Resource Officers: Calls For Police Reform Focus on Removing SROs; Schools Debate SRO Role

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As part of the response to nationwide calls for police reform and racial justice, communities across Maine are reevaluating the use of school resources officers. Portland Schools have made the move to remove SROs, in line with those who say that other social service professionals would be more relevant and that police officers put students of color more at risk. Others in Maine support the use of SROs, especially after frequent school shooting prompted a call for greater security in schools.

Guests

Danielle Layton, research consultant, Maine Youth Action Network

Mike Gordon, school resource officer, Sanford High School, Sanford Regional Vocational Center, Lincoln School

Kiernan Majerus-Collins (call-in), Lewiston School Committee member

Olivia Bean (call-in), 9th grade earth science teacher, Portland Public Schools

Josh Wood (call-in), student, Sanford schools

Jennifer Brooks (call-in), principal, Congin Elementary School in Westbrook

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Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.