There are mixed feelings in the community about whether to keep police officers in La Crosse school buildings.
Several of the speakers during an on-line school board forum last night called for an end to the SRO program, as some other school districts have done.
Mai Lee was one of the opponents, citing local statistics to show that police tend to target non-white students.
“In 2014, a La Crosse County task force found that youths of color in La Crosse County are nine times more likely than their white peers to be arrested,” said Lee. “Why should we continue to build a program that has always failed us, and continues to fail us?”
Laura Abellera argued that police in America have practiced systemic racism.
“We have to understand that the institution of policing in our country continues to cause harm, devastation, and continues to take the lives of our black and brown brothers and sisters with no sign of ever slowing in that destruction,” she said.