Officer Slam’s Sea of Troubles and Authoritarian Arguments Against the Abused Student

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(11-01-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  Both the police force and the school were okay with letting Ben Fields loose on kids, and so, apparently, are many others. The Spring Valley High School SRO had two lawsuits filed against him, for excessive violence and for targeting black students. Were these the first ever incidents that he was perceived as violent and racist? It's possible. But one his nicknames was Officer Slam.

What Do We Want Our Schools To Do? Discipline Or Teach?

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(10-29-2015, updated 07-14-2018)  When and why did it become acceptable to have Officer Slam in school? And why is discipline seen as the be-all, end-all in American public education? If you had asked me last week what a school resource officer was, I wouldn't have known, but my guess would have been someone who was somehow involved in directing students to the appropriate resources for whatever they needed, be it the school library, the counselor, a local college, whatever. But no, SROs--School Resource Officers--are police officers who have been placed in public schools "to keep the students safe".

Spring Valley High School Student Violently Arrested in Class

This entry is part of 3 in the series Officer Slam: Police in School

(10-28-2015, updated 07-14-2018) If you're black in a public high school in South Carolina, using your phone in class can be extremely dangerous. When a sixteen-year-old girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina was caught with her phone, the teacher told her to hand it over. She refused. The teacher then ordered her to go to the principal's office. She refused.The teacher called the assistant principal, who then told her to leave the classroom. She refused. So the assistant principal sicced the cop--excuse me, I mean School Resources Officer Ben Fields--on her.