School Resource Officers Next On Chopping Block?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

One local school district is not only concerned about the state budget cutting money for teachers, but for their protection.

According to Pitt County Schools, they're planning to cut three deputies and one Greenville officer from their school district.

That's because money set aside to pay for these school resource officers could be decreased or used to supplement other funds lacking in the budget.

Currently most of the middle schools in the district will now have to share a S.R.O with the high school if the state budget is adopted without these funds for at-risk youth.

Jesse Hinton, with Campus Crimestoppers says, S.R.O's help prevent crimes as well as keep kids on the right path.

According to Heather Mayo, if the budget goes through as is, it could mean eliminating one full time S.R.O from Ayden and Farmville Middle Schools so they could share a S.R.O from the high school.

Also two middle schools in Greenville, E.B Aycock and C.M Eppes, would share one S.R.O.

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  • by 5th grade Teacher Location: Greenville on Jul 2, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Jonathan Harris: Resource Officers are needed to give the students an adult that they are familiar with and can trust when they face gang violence, drugs, sex, and other tough issues which they can and will face beginning in elementary school.Without them, it just gives the teachers another thing to be held accountable for. Most parents don't come to their conferences, let alone volunteering to be a R.O. If a child is making A's but did not pass the EOG- that mean that they did not meet standards. Teachers don't make up the test-they are state mandated. Parents know it is a requirement to pass their grade! Teachers have to prepare 20 plus kids for the EOG, Parents forget that a teacher is dealing with 20 other kids, ALL ON DIFFERENT LEVELS. I was given some kids that were in 5th grade reading on a 2nd grade level STARTING OUT.In my class,they grew to a 3rd & 4th grade level, but not meeting 5th grade standards. IS THAT MY FAULT? We only have them 180 days! STOP BLAMING TEACHERS!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    Leave it to OSOC to throw in his thoughts on illegal aliens in Pitt County draining the school budget. Have you even been the to Emergency Department at PCMH? There are more than just illegals that go there to pass on paying their health care bill. Does beating a child really make them listen and behave better? Does bringing pray back into schools offer a solution? I doubt it on both accounts. Perhaps the student needs something more to capture their attention. If beating a child will do so, then at a comperable level, why are there still riots in prisons? Perhaps as a society we should get over the 'dumbing down' effect of current hip-hop, pop and rap lyrics and television shows on MTV, and actually strive for something better. Instead of praying for something to happen, lets be pro-active and do it.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Jun 29, 2009 at 09:35 AM
    I'm just sayin', if parents would get back to being parents and dicipline their kids and TEACH them respect at home, there'd B no need for these officers at school! Teachers could teach instead fo trying to corral smart mouth hooligans! I am SKOCKED at the filth that comes out of kindergardeners mouths, and some of their gestures. If Nobama's "children's rights" bill passes, we as parents will have no right at all to discipline our kids, they (the kids) will B calling the shots. So sad the shape our country has gotten in! Home schooling sounds better every year!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 29, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    where is the NC state Education Lottery money going, who's pockets. whb
  • by mom Location: sq on Jun 29, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    I hope the SROs in other districts are more effective than the SRO in Hyde Co. This man has left a loaded gun an the bathroom counter twice. Lucky the wrong student didn't find it. He is a complete joke and a waste of money. We need to return our SRO money or get somebody who can be effective. It's sad when the SRO maces himself in front of the students. What a joke!!! The BOE and Sherriff know about the incidents but have done nothing, but cover up!!!
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Jun 29, 2009 at 12:06 AM
    Since Pitt County has an unemployment rate of 11%, I'm sure many parents will have extra time to volunteer at the schools? Some of them may would get a better idea how their children behave and who they hang around with. Teachers and students safety should be paramount. Reduce the funding for school lunches!
  • by Pitt Co on Jun 28, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Well, I hope we're all happy. We'd rather pay "administrators" and other BS than ensure our children have a safe place to learn. Taking it one step further: We'd rather pick up the tab for reckless procreation, promiscuity, deadbeat "dads", and the total breakdown of family values than build good schools, roads, public facilities, and other improvements in our community. It makes me sick to see how much we were able to do with so much LESS taxation years ago when people actually had values and believed that if a able-bodied man did not work he should not eat. I'm SICK AND TIRED of the free ride given to some while honest, hardworking people (and their children) are asked to endure cutbacks that jeopardize their education and safety. This is awful.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jun 28, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Northside High School has the BEST SRO. ..Nothing gets by Officer Ricks... not on her watch. ...Pitt County is a fool with all that gang violence and drugs running amok along their youth. ..Keep this BS in that county, and we'll keep our SRO.
  • by Unknown Location: Never Never Land on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    Yes, the SRO is important. But what if an SRO left his gun in the bathroom twice to be found by another employee. But he continues to be a part of the student population. I guess that is ok. At least in our county, it was. Think of the things that could have happened. Student entering schools in the morning and students just needing to go to the bathroom. OH, BUT THAT'S OK. I hope I didn't step pm any SRO's toes>
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jun 25, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    "All your peaches knew." Excuse me? Sir, your command of the English language and logic astounds me. You must have studied TS Eliot sometime in your former life. To suggest that the SRO issue is tied to illegal aliens is quite the leap of logic. State funding is not direct to schools. Pitt County is responsible for schools and who they hire--PCS uses state money to operate. This is a TREMENDOUS problem if we suggest that SROs need to be let go. School officials have enough to do--they can't be cops too. Although we all too often demand teachers provide every other service to cure society's ills. Mr. Snake Oil, I think you're mixing your apples and peaches into the critical argument basket, and they don't go together. Furthermore WITN commenters, what do the Easley's have to do with this discussion? Read and think folks!

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