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West Linn and Wilsonville each have one SRO who is assigned to police local schools

PMG FILE PHOTO - Stephanie McCluskey is the school resource officer for Wilsonville schools.

A petition lobbying the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board to retain the school resource officer program in local schools is circulating.

The board recently agreed to examine the program, where one officer in both West Linn and Wilsonville is assigned to police local schools, in the upcoming school year and indicated that it could terminate, maintain or alter the program at the end of the examination.

In just a couple days, over 230 people have signed the petition, which was posted by a group called Parents for SROs, and many have written comments expressing their support for SROs.

Proponents say the officers play a vital role as advocates for students who are victims of abuse and other crimes, and are there to protect students in case of incidents at the school. Detractors say they perpetuate the "school-to-prison pipeline" and adversely impact minority communities.

Pamplin Media Group was told that the lead petitioner did not wish to comment for this story.

"School Resource officers (SROs) are so important in our schools. They help to make it a safer place by protecting staff and students. They ensure that drivers maintain safe speeds while on school grounds," the petition reads. "They serve as confidantes for students who are being harassed or bullied and they help discourage drug use and violence in the schools."

To view the petition, visit https://www.change.org/p/west-linn-wilsonville-school-board-keep-school-resource-officers-in-our-west-linn-wilsonville-schools?redirect=false.

For more information about SROs in West Linn and Wilsonville, read our previous coverage: https://pamplinmedia.com/wsp/134-news/478305-386548-do-school-resource-officers-protect-or-harm-%0D.


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