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After student protest, Gresham-Barlow removes school resource officer from Gresham high

The Gresham-Barlow School District has removed Gresham High School's resource officer on the heels of accusations by some students that the officer racially profiled students of color.

The decision was announced at the district's School Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 18, by interim superintendent James Hiu. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - Gresham-Barlow School District removed Gresham High School resource officer from the school.

Following the meeting, Hiu delivered an email to the Gresham-Barlow community outlining the district's future plans for the SRO program.

"The Gresham High School resource officer will be reassigned to district-level responsibilities," Hiu said in the email. Those responsibilities include emergency response management, and training of staff in new safety and security systems funded by the 2016 school bond.

The district also plans to hire a third-party consultant to conduct focus groups to evaluate and improve the SRO program, work with students to build trust between them and police and work with the Gresham Police Department to adjust the role of the SRO.

This decision comes after a group of Gresham students said that they were the target of racial profiling and discrimination by the Gresham High School SRO.

After the board meeting Gresham high principal Drake Shelton sent an email ensuring students and families that the decision will not compromise the school's effort to keep students safe.

"Although this means a change for GHS, safety and security remain a priority," Shelton said in his message. "We will soon hire an additional campus monitor to provide support to staff and students at the school. Gresham Police Department will continue to provide emergency response, and the SRO from Barlow High School may provide support as necessary."

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