Providence students organize walk out to protest presence of resource officers in schools.
PROVIDENCE R.I. (WLNE)- Dozens of Providence students throughout the city walked out of class Thursday to hold a walkout to protest the presence of resource officers in city schools.
The walkout was organized by The Providence Student Union and made stops throughout the city at The Public Safety Complex and The Rhode Island Department of Education.
Students took part in chants and gave their own personal testimonies saying they’d feel safer without School Resource Officers.
“The biggest thing is the racial disparity in student arrests. In Providence, about 92% of the student arrests are students of color and that’s mirrored through today’s current events,” Joseph Grajales-Sabater a student at The Met High School said.
Instead of resource officers, students who attended today’s rally said they would like their schools to hire mental health and safety staff focused on alternative measures for conflict resolution.
Similar to the safety team at The Met High School.
” These safety team members are normal members of the community who don’t don’t have a uniform and don’t carry a weapon on them such as a gun, taser or baton and use their voice as a way to de-escalate situations,” Met High School student Michellet Brand said.
ABC6NEWS requested a comment from The Rhode Island Department of Education but we have yet to hear back.
Students at Thursday’s walkout said another protest is scheduled for Friday.