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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:47 PM

African-American leader: St. Paul board members who voted to remove SROs will have 'blood' on hands

African-American leader: St. Paul board members who voted to remove SROs will have ‘blood’ on hands if there’s school violence

The president of the African American Leadership Council told St. Paul school board members who voted to remove school resource officers from the schools they will have “blood” on their hands if a child or teacher is hurt or killed.

Tyrone Terrill, who wrote a Sunday night email to board members in partnership with the St. Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, said the board was acting “on emotions and not facts.”

The school board voted 5-1 last Tuesday to no longer pay the city of St. Paul to post police officers in seven high schools and to instead develop a new safety plan.

St. Paul school board members previously debated whether officers belong in the schools and the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody sparked the discussion again.
https://www.twincities.com/2020/06/29/african-american-leader-st-paul-board-members-who-voted-to-remove-sros-will-have-blood-on-hands-if-theres-school-violence/

The same action in Minneapolis was cheered, in St Paul it is condemned

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:37 PM

1. Any idea why St Paul AAs opposed? I thought AAs found those officers often bad for AA kids

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:59 PM

3. It seems from the article

That they believe a lack of SROs will let troublemakers cause more violence. The SROs are the lesser evil.

Also they would like to see changes in administration and teachers. I am not so sure about teachers but I would agree the school district administration needs serious overhauling. We have a habit of hiring overpaid superintendents who use the St Paul district as a stepping stone to something bigger and leave after very short tenure.

Our public school teachers feel they get no support from the administration. They are expected to just deal with problems but if they try to impose any discipline will be sold out in a heart beat.

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:03 PM

4. Thanks for info. See bit why family I know in StPaul choosing private schools

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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:57 PM

2. Terrill believes that there is more risk to black students by removing the police

"About 80 percent of the people shot in St. Paul this year have been Black, according to police, which Terrill said prompted him to write in his email “there is a 75% chance that the student that will be hurt or killed in a SPPS school or event will be Black student, so as I said earlier in this email the ‘BLOOD’ will be on your hands.”

Terrill said Monday he prays it doesn’t happen, but he added, “there’s guns in the parking lots, there’s guns in the schools and there’s guns that are one call away. A deterrent was always one or two squads parked out there and now you remove that.”

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