Hardly Anyone Shows To Planned 'District-Wide' School Walkout Protesting Police

A new agreement would provide Portland's schools with SROs five days per week.

Portland, OR – A group of Portland Public Schools students staged a walkout on Wednesday to protest a proposed increase in the number of school resource officers (SROs) throughout the district.

“We as PPS students are extremely disappointed in the school board’s actions and believe that police do not have a place in our schools,” Jefferson High School senior Sophia Lucas said during the 9 a.m. gathering outside Portland City Hall.

Despite extensive media coverage leading up to the demonstration, the turnout was lackluster – only about 18 students and adults actually showed up, KATU reported.

News footage showed an adult woman leading the students in their protest chant.

“No SROs PDX!” they yelled repeatedly, while holding signs that read, “COPS OUT OF SCHOOLS!”

Lucas said the protest was intended to “raise the brows” of Portland Public School Board members, who approved a plan in December to increase the number of days SROs will be working in the schools, KATU reported.

Under the new agreement, the public school system would share the cost of having SROs in schools Monday through Friday.

Portland city commissioners will make the final decision regarding whether or not the agreement will be enacted, and some students want them to know they want officers ousted from the school altogether.

"Stationing police officers in schools will further contribute to an environment of fear and distrust," Lucas said during the demonstration, according to KATU.

She alleged that the officers’ presence creates unsafe school environments, and contributes to discrimination.

The students also created a YouTube account, “No SROs PDX,” to further explain why they do not want police officers to protect their schools.

“Personally, my community doesn’t feel safe having police, armed police, in our schools,” Brisa Ruiz said in a new video on Wednesday. “School is somewhere where we’re supposed to feel safe, and it’s a place where we’re just supposed to learn.”

But people from the community failed to show up in support.

Lucas said that, due to a large number of “immigrant” families in the area, many students prefer to not have police present because “you don’t want to stir up trouble.”

“I think that the younger generation needs to see people like them stand up,” she continued. “So this movement, for me, is setting that example for my sisters.”

Ruiz equated police with violence, and said that that their presence poses a threat to students’ lives.

“We have rights, and our right is to survive in school and learn without violence and without police,” she said.

Sarah Steele alleged that having SROs in a school where minority students are the majority creates the belief that police are “needed” in schools with more minority students.

Talia Richley, who is white, said that seeing SROs is “really triggering” for many of her peers who are “black people and people of color.”

Another student argued that having guns in schools is so scary that it is hard to focus on classroom tasks.

“I mean, how would you feel being in a classroom with an officer with a gun?” Micah Mizushima said. “Like, ‘I’m trying to do a math test here.’”

Richley claims that teachers have told her they don’t want police in the schools, either.

For the past 20 years, the school district has not provided any funding to have SROs in the schools, KATU reported.

If the agreement is approved by the commissioners, the district will have to help pay for the increased number of days the officers will be on hand.

Mayah Garcia-Harper said that money could be better used elsewhere.

“I feel like it’s taking away funding from things that could actually increase a safe environment like psychologists and therapists,” Garcia-Harper said in the video. “We have voices and we demand to be heard.”

“We will not be silenced,” she added.

It was unclear what role the mental health treatment providers might play in the event of an active shooter situation.

The students did not offer any alternative solutions to help protect their schools.

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Mama1959
Mama1959

Lord forgive me, but let an 'incident' happen. They will be begging for the SROs with guns!!

BillD
BillD

This is what happens when u dont bust your kids ass when they act stupid in public

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Are these kids really serious? Who the hell do they think they are to have even a platform to voice any kind of “protest”. If you’re under 18, then shut your mouth, go to school and enjoy it while you can. Never mind what police are doing and don’t worry about “protesting” and to the adults, DO NOT CALL THE POLICE EVER AGAIN. Since you feel unsafe. What a fuckin joke!!! Look at the people in the picture. They look like a bunch of people with problems. I’m glad they took the time to really make signs to protest. How original. The same wording on every piece of copy paper. I wonder how much of those signs were made that were left in the stack!? There were only a few adults there because why? The rest of them had JOBS!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Like dude, like we really don't want them is our schools. Like I gotta math test, dude.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

They have been indoctrinated, not educated, and they don't realize that their logic means that they also should be carrying posters with the message "Give Murderers Access to Our Schools." Sick, sick, sick.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Having SRO's created an "unsafe school environment"???? Wait....what???🤔👎

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Like I have been saying for years now; There's something seriously wrong with the Water out there on the Left Coast!

usmarshall bro
usmarshall bro

What means do these educated students and ignorant parents think will protect them if there is a live shooter situation. Florida is now protesting and investigating why there were not more LEOs to help stop the shooting and these people want even less. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. No wonder LEO supervisors are confused as to their responsibilities.

Branoli
Branoli

So they will be less afraid of someone who comes in with a gun whose intention is to kill as many students and teachers as possible than of a police officer with a gun who is there to protect them? Boy these kids are really stupid. But then considering the Mayor/Police Commissioner's way of handling situations those officers would probably be told to stand down anyway so their presence wouldn't save any lives. If you haven't done anything wrong and are here legally then there is no reason to fear the police. But then that is just my opinion having worked with police officers in a civilian capacity in the past.

JMK2244
JMK2244

Shaking my head at this one. So, this "group" would rather be unprotected and open to active shooters than to have LEOs on the premises? I'd like to tell them that I live across from Santana High School in Santee, CA. Santana had an active shooter who killed two students and wounded several others. When I drive by Santana, I always feel a sense of safety and comfort when I see a LEO vehicle right in front of the school!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

This is result of libnut parenting. Bet if active shooter was on campus these idiots woukd be glad to have armed cops.unless it was a coward like broward cty sheriff

MrsS
MrsS

Anyone else notice that only two out of sixteen children, are black?

bear330
bear330

Little parrots repeating the BS they were told to say! Libtards!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

only the trouble makers and brainwashed libs showed up for anti-SRO contract.

Buckwheat5257
Buckwheat5257

Actually, look again. Its four out of sixteen. But they are scared, apparently.

Buckwheat5257
Buckwheat5257

I AM a mental health professional and a Reserve Peace Officer, and I can tell you what those "psychologists and therapists" would do if an active shooter showed up at the school. They would run like hell with everyone else. These students might as well hold up little signs that read "Shoot me. I am defenseless and stupid." The SROs need to be in the Portland school district, especially in libby land.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Apparently they need to "recruit" their own indoctrinated children to increase their numbers .....I see at least 4 or 5 children here who say and think what Mommy wants them to say and think.

firenw
firenw

By nature kids and young people are ignorant and stupid so I’ll give these kids a pass but I bet you IF a school shooting would happen in their school they’d BEG for a cop with a gun and his friends to come and help them.. poor kids, teachers and parents teaching them anti-police and anti-authority lessons that WILL fuck up their future.🤦🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️