Security in Hillsborough: The conversation continues
Before the Hillsborough County School Board voted in December on armed guards in the elementary schools, there was a letter-writing debate between the head of the district's security department and the local head of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Michael Pheneger, president of the state ACLU chapter, is now responding to Chief David Friedberg's December letter.
To summarize: The ACLU, which has studied the school-to-prison-pipeline issue nationwide, contends the more guards you put in the schools, the more likely you are to criminalize behavior that could better be corrected without setting the child up to become further involved in the criminal justice system. While the school guards in Hillsborough do not have arrest powers, Pheneger points out that they train extensively with law enforcement. His comments are in red.
A panel discussion on School to Prison Pipeline is planned at the Hillsborough Children's Board headquarters, 1002 E Palm Ave., at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21.