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Demonstration against SRO program held outside Central

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More than a dozen demonstrators gathered outside Central High School on Friday night to protest the School Resource Officer program in the La Crosse School District.

Drivers passing the school on Losey Boulevard honked their car horns as members of the group waved flags, and held lighted signs bearing the letters “B, L, M” as in “Black Lives Matter.”

The demonstration comes days before the La Crosse School Board is expected to vote on the future of the SRO program, which has placed city police officers in public schools since 1993.

The $250,000 contract between the school district and the La Crosse Police Department is up in June.

Opponents of the SROs say that non-white students are intimidated by the officers, and may be targeted for discipline more often than other students.

Some members of the public have called for the program to be ended immediately, but the school district is asking the board to reduce the number of officers assigned to schools, and to renew the contract with police, which is set to expire next summer.

The school board is expected to vote on the matter at its next meeting Monday.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Randy Hubert

    December 19, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Do not let this small group influince the program. Put it ip to a referendum. The majority support our police.

    • Ronald Walker

      December 19, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I am willing to bet that if you do not skip class, smoke either cigarettes or pot near campus, don’t fight with fellow students, the SRO will never bother you.
      I don’t believe for one minute that the officer’s who are assigned as SRO’s are profiling students according to their race simply to harass them.

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