Delaware School Resource Officers’ safety put at risk with untrained school security

Recorded Scuffle Between Teenage Girl and Officer Prompts Review By Vince Lattanzio   Wednesday, May 28, 2014 /NBC10.com

In the video (which has profanity), the student can be seen pushing the uniformed school resource officer in the chest inside Glasgow High School as staff try to break up a scuffle between students.

The officer, a Delaware state detective assigned to the 1,063-student school in Newark, Delaware, then grabs the teen by the neck, swings her around and throws her to the ground. The girl’s head and neck narrowly miss hitting a flight of stairs.

Moments later, the girl appears to resist being arrested and continues to fight off the officer as he tries to subdue her. She eventually gets back up and then is thrown down again — this time on the steps.

There is more …………..

This incident took place May 13, 2014 and as far as I can see The News Journal had nothing on it! The NBC10.com headline is a little tilted and should of read, Recording of student resisting arrest and breakdown of school security puts police officer in danger. Sorry nothing personal but the guy in the white shirt is unless! 

I don’t what good it will do but having the parents watch this video might help or at least see the other side of their children . I am not sure what school security camera’s will product but looks like those charged might have a problem defending themselves. 

I wonder where Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy stands on school security and the need for better school security training? Odds are he’s behind the frosted glass-door to his office laying on his back! Folks the concern with “intruders” is valid but as you can see the battle is internal with students.

34 responses to “Delaware School Resource Officers’ safety put at risk with untrained school security

  1. I didn’t see a scuffle between students. I saw a cop push a girl into a corner for unknown reasons, who was possibly trying to escape the melee, and then thrown down screaming “Get the f–k off.”

    I saw striped shirt boy apparently trying to come to the aid of the girl but being muscled off by the blue shirt guy. And I saw yellow sweater girl pushed into the same corner, shouting but with her hands by her sides. She was lucky the cop was busy.

    Obviously something happened before the tape started rolling, but does it really matter? The scuffle between students – assuming one happened – appeared to be over and the students appeared to be trying to get some space. The school staff was trying to separate the students. I can understand if the officer was hot under the collar, but if he intended to defuse rather than inflame the situation, he might have done better to get the f–k off.

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    • Pencadermom

      Are you kidding me? Come on Mike. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Don’t make excuses for these kids. They need tough love, not coddling. There was no student ‘scuffle’ (is that what they’re calling fights these days?) it was about students in the hallway not wanting to go to class. I know, the only tough love you needed was taking away Xbox. 🙂 If only parenting was that easy for the rest of us.

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    • It is easy and cheap to look at the chaos and say “These kids are out of control.” But watch the tape again several times and each time track one kid carefully and see exactly what he is doing, and tell me which one is out of control. They are mostly being shoved around by adults. Body slams are not tough love.

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    • Hmmm… how are you part of the solution, pencadermom? Easy and cheap, indeed.

      As a cop’s kid, the behavior of the adults in that video is way out of line. They are, ya know, supposed to be adults. I showed the video to my father and he said that every single adult in that video should be fired. Not because the kids are without blame, but because good cops (and adults) know their role is to diffuse a situation, not inflame it and become part of it.

      And anyone okay with this behavior better be okay with it when it hits their precious, little darlings… because that’s what you’re advocating.

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    • I thought the school staff did OK. They were mostly using their bodies to block the kids, who for some reason seemed to be magnetically drawn to that corner. Blue shirt guy muscled three of them out of the crowd at once, then he picked up hoodie girl and I cringed waiting for the body slam, but instead he used his bulk and muscle to put her down gently and take her out of the action. Compare that with the cop who flung the girl onto the steps without regard for how she might land. Then, look at green shirt guy who for some reason kept trying to get two girls into the corner. Yellow sweater girl pushed him back, the same way the first girl pushed the cop. But instead of exploding with violence like the cop, green shirt guy reacted calmly and by the end of the tape, he had both girls standing still and engaged in conversation, still angry but with their arms by their sides.

      Our parent brains react to the chaotic shouting and assume the worst of the kids. Try watching it with the sound off and really follow what each person is doing.

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  2. My son used to come home from Newark High School and tell me about the fights. Seeing it is different. It’s very upsetting to think this violence was part of his high school “experience.”

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    • Jim, did you see a student raise a hand against another student?

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    • Pencadermom

      I agree jim. Wanna get more upset? Read the comments after the youtube video or after some of the postings on facebook about what goes on on a daily basis.

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  3. There needs to be law and order. If a cop tells you to stop, you stop. If you hit a cop first, he has every right with whatever means are necessary, to make sure he doesn’t get hit again. We all have that right; that include cops. From what I see, he handled it much better than I would. That person would be lucky to still be able move around today. I think the cop deserves a medal for showing proper restraint…. That student deserved far more than they got.

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    • Police are not supposed to administer beatdowns as retribution, no matter how satistying it may be to the atavistic side of our brains.

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  4. snewton929

    Let’s also take a moment to recall that the State used to pay for SROs in all of our schools, but that practice stopped at the behest of Governor Markell and Secretary Schilliro, who claimed that the costs were too much for the Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security to bear. So districts now have SROs where they can afford to pay for them, rent-a-cops where they can’t, and quite often . . . nobody.

    Meanwhile, the budget for Secretary Schilliro’s office has been increased by millions.

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  5. Pencadermom

    And here is another example of our tax dollars. Well as long as they get a nice law suit out of it, all’s good.

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    • Give me a break

      Officer was totally cleared. No law suit, he was justified. As for mikes retribution theory totally false, they wade into dangerous and deadly situations. The officer was unemotional and within his pervue

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    • That officer wouldn’t have been cleared if it was my kid, but that’s my privilege. And what’s pervue?

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    • Law enforcement would clear the devil himself if he were wearing a badge.

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  6. Give me a break

    Fact of the matter is in CSD these kids were back in school after a detention (unserved), Saturday school (unserved) or maybe ISS. The district is out of control. DO has buffaloed the board and the board has blinders on! I challenge any board member to come into any secondary school a Unannounced, bypass the admin and do hall duty. Parents visit your school, don’t get the tour… Wander free

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  7. Give me a break

    Haven’t seen you it is chaos, absolute chaos. Come to Kirk, Shue Monday at lunch but ignore the principal, don’t go with a district goon if you think the climate is acceptable and safe then… Wow low standards. Kids tell teachers “we are in charge and you know it” the when the teacher repeats it to admin the admins response..”well they kind of are”….

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    • Pencadermom

      so a Glasgow senior was at my house today and I showed him the video.. he said the cop was out of line. I admit when I commented before, I was trying to watch all of it, it’s hard to tell, but if he did push her down by the stairs, not ok at all. The kid told me (I asked him twice if he was sure) that it was a Delaware State Police officer. Is that true John? Do you know? If so, wow, he needs some retraining or something. He also told me some of the things he has seen at the school over the years. Let’s just say, he is more than happy to be leaving. Sad way for him to leave his school.
      I agree with what ‘give me a break’ said, total chaos, most (or possibly all) of the middle and high schools in our district are out of control. if you don’t believe it, start asking parents and students, not the board members.

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    • yes, that is a DSP officer.

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    • I did not characterize my visits, I am telling you I have seen it and been in the schools, without escort

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  8. Give me a break

    Ask teachers! The DSP officer was ok if a citizen touches a cop all bets are off!
    If Jin or anyone had a private off the record chat with an admi who wasn’t scared of being terminated they would tell you how bad it is. Next year CSD code of conduct… Bring a weapon and OSS for 5 and back I school.

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  9. Give me a break

    John you know that late bells in CSD secondary schools are completely ignored? COMPLETELY– one school has zero write ups for tardy…imagine that! Staff was told not to worry about it! Oh and the money wasted on The Whole Child fiasco— ridiculous! You complain about Markell being in bed with big business…. THE WHOLE CHILD is a complete waste and a bunch of beauracratic bunk!

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    • Eve Buckley

      GMB, what do you think CSD should be doing to fix the MS/HS chaos? In your view are the schools under-resourced (e.g. need better adult-to-student ratios) or just poorly administered? Given the student population, with a number of challenges that schools can’t fix, what would CSD need to do to make those environments more tolerable, even successful?

      There are various legislators, other elected officials, board members, district staff, community members, etc. who would like to make CSD work. The question is determining what the priorities should be–esp. at MS, where most school-climate issues arise–and how to get there. Thoughts, given the complex realities of CSD student demographics?

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  10. Give me a break

    First clean house administratively and hire competent super. Haven’t had one in years. Blow up district office. Establish a real code of conduct! One with consequences. Stop bowing at the feet of the city of Wilm. If you haven’t noticed the city is dysfunctional yet CSD kisses their ass! It starts with leadership… The previous supers were broad and used CSD as a stepping stone, they screwed it. New guy is local of course but completely over his head… Says yes to everything and delivers nothing.

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    • GMAB, it is probably past time that you changed careers – because your attitude is part of the problem. That’s really not a slam, it’s sound advice. You obviously view your students (and co-workers, etc.) as sub-human. Fine. Time for you to get out. Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher – it’s a really hard job and people burn out.

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  11. Give me a break

    Aaah an internet judgement. Please make an appointment to visit a CSD school without restriction, without a dog and pony show… Pandora there are no rules, none! I am not sour I am disheartened by systemic incompetence. Who said I was a teacher? There are many jobs in a school don’t you know? Thanks for the advice too funny

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  12. Give me a break

    Purview of course is the word… How did spell check not get that and it means: the range of operation or control. Why would anyone think that a person can aggressively touch a law enforcement official? Of course in CSD if that kid touched an employee and the employee defended himself suspension!

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  13. Give me a break

    Yes it would be different, not perfect by any means but they would at least have a COC with some teeth. Hardened criminals and juvenile delinquents would not run the school . John I agree with so much of what you stand for but you are so off base in your feelings about school climate in CSD. Children will look you in the eye and say “you know there are no consequences so f.u” you understand that Saturday school and detention go pretty much unattended. Kids will pile up 30-40 Saturday schools and never attend one. It is a joke… Your building admins laugh about it.. Literally laugh, nothing we can do is what they say. They would NEVER tell you EVER!

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    • John Young

      since you seem to know my feelings on school climate so well, what are they?

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    • Eve Buckley

      GMB, are you willing to tell us which specific CSD schls you have experience with (or which you’re referring to in your “chaos” characterization)? All HS? All MS? All Wilm-area elementaries? All Newark-area elementaries? (I’d contest you on the last one!)

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  14. Give me a break

    All the secondary schools are chaotic for sure. Kids stand up cuss a teacher and get ‘counseled’ or Saturday school unserved. ALL secondary schools. Dress codes are unenforced, defiance is rampant.
    John we have disagreed about zero tolerance, I contend that CSD fumbled the two highly publicized screw ups with elementary kids. Funny but most school systems in America have zero tolerance yet the only ones that suspended kids for a cake knife that I saw on CNN was CSD, are you saying not one child in America brought in a cake for their birthday?. You can apply common sense and judgement. CSD failed to do that, the admin in charge has been thoroughly entrenched and her boss got the big promotion.
    When you get your suspension reports at years end you can all puff out your chest at the dramatic reductions. Tell the city of Wilmington, OCR and the news journal that the schools are better…the ostrich sees no behavior to correct. Next year a student can bring in a hand gun, get suspended for five days and come right back to school…brilliant thought process there

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  15. Give me a break

    For further evidence all can take a look at the 63 page new ‘student manual’ –thats right I said 63 page. It is filled with hoops for staff to jump through and loopholes so that the kids will be in charge. 63 pages and the term code of conduct I guess was too harsh!
    It is just evidence that the bureaucrats are in charge- The ‘whole child thing’ which is bringing in consultants to teach better management for teachers… how much was that contract? anyone know?

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