Nearly two dozen black residents, students and community leaders Wednesday night protested the Palm Beach County School Board’s decision to explore a county Sheriff’s Office takeover of the school police force, claiming deputies would “criminalize” students by throwing them in jail.
“The school police officers are trained to assist students. The sheriff is trained to arrest,” said LaTanzia Jackson, chairwoman of the Coalition of Black Student Achievement. “If you want to run a prison, go sit on Ric Bradshaw’s board.”
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