In the controlled environment provided within schools, it is important for all personnel to know their role and abide by the rules when operating within that environment. With that said, it is imperative that school administrators and school resource officers (SROs) are familiar with each other’s boundaries with regards to protecting the students.
Although both school administrators and SRO’s hold student safety as a top priority, the basis from which they govern the students differs: School administrators work within the frame of civil law, SROs follow the regulations of criminal law. However, these two viewpoints do not conflict, and instead work in coordination with one another. For instance, school regulations are set in place by school administrators to discipline students. If one of the students commits a violation that goes beyond the disciplinary limits of the administrators (e.g. commits a crime), that student’s act then falls under criminal law and can result in prosecution for this violation.
Parents are also an integral part in the process of ensuring students’ safety, therefore, they should be fully informed as to what is going on in the school. Some methods for notifying parents include:
- Parent Forms
- Social Media
While parents have the ability to facilitate student protection, one of the most effective sources in the effort to preserve school safety is the voice of the students themselves. Students should be encouraged to express concerns regarding their peers or staff members. Most cases of school violence proved to be anticipated by students. It is essential to boost their confidence and awareness of their power to help thwart a potentially dire situation before it gets out of hand.