Illinois Dems To Withhold Therapy Funding If Schools Don't Get Rid Of Cops

HollyMatkin

Proposed legislation would only give schools money if they agree to eliminate school resource officers.

Springfield, IL – A group of Illinois lawmakers have endorsed a plan to only provide extra money to schools who agree to eliminate their school resource officer positions.

The funding would allow schools to hire more behavioral therapists and social workers, State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch said, according to the Associated Press.

"This increased presence of law enforcement in schools does not necessarily enhance school safety," Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law representative Michelle Mbekani-Wiley said.

"Instead it dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system often for mere adolescent or disruptive behavior,” Mbekani-Wiley said.

Welch’s proposed school safety plan has the backing of 16 other Illinois House Democrats, and would provide schools with an incentive to eliminate school resource officers by giving funding for mental health resources.

Schools who promise to ditch their school resource officers would also qualify to apply for an optional grant, opening up the possibility of further funding yet.

The proposed legislation clashes with Attorney General Jeff Session’s school safety plan, which aimed to prioritize grants to states who vowed to use the funding to increase law enforcement’s presence in schools, FOX News reported.

Former president of the Illinois School Resource Officer Association (SROA), Deputy Kip Heinle, estimated that Illinois currently had approximately 500 officers who worked in the state’s schools.

He argued that school resource officers were “the best line of defense to keep students safe in school, “and that they also act as mentors and informal counselors for many youth they encounter, the Associated Press reported.

During his time with the SROA, Deputy Heinle said he was “fielding two to three phone calls a day” from school officials who wanted to know how they could add more officers to their school grounds.

Comments (16)
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b1rd
b1rd

How can people really be this stupid?

JaDen62
JaDen62

THEY ARE DEMOCRATS ! and they were voted in by stupid people JUST LIKE THEM !

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid liberal pukes! "....unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system..." You mean criminals committing crimes......a certain ethnic group?

111NOS
111NOS

Thankfully most intelligent people are seeing exactly what the democrats are doing and will vote them out of office during up coming elections.

Katarina
Katarina

The Dems can't affort to have students in the school look up to and respect their SROs while they try to indoctrinate them with their anti-police rhetoric. It causes confusion when the students see they are actually the good guys.

TStewart
TStewart

So these guys want our kids dead. No other way to put it.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Hey! These are the same Democratics that have gotten Chicago be one of the safest cities in America. Of course they know what they are doing! Nauseating 🤮

Propolice
Propolice

Now I’ve heard it all, Dopey Dems just can’t see the light

Astroserf
Astroserf

As soon as some fool shoots up one of their schools they'll blame it on the NRA and push to ban all guns. This has got to be one of the dumbest ideas I've seen in many years.

JMK2244
JMK2244

As Forrest Gump says: "Stupid is as stupid does." SMH

tday1973
tday1973

they are following New York's lead..remember that idiot took all cops out of the schools after Florida...give me a break with freaking stupid people.

lancementzer
lancementzer

no matter how much money is spent its never enough for the leftist programs that fail over and over. insanity breeds insanity

CrushTheLeft
CrushTheLeft

"Instead it dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system often for mere adolescent or disruptive behavior,” Mbekani-Wiley said. So being charged with CRIMES that they actually commit is to be "unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system"...wow. OMG!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE SAME $%*& STUPID THINKING THAT SET THE STAGE FOR THE PARKLAND FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING!!!! Proves the left is utterly incapable of defense (locally or nationally) because their ideology impairs them!!! They want MORE of it!!!

Pack
Pack

Hey Illinois, when people say “could you be any dumber”, it’s NOT a challenge.


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