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Removal of school cops in Virginia led to violence among students, parent says

Added 10-12-21 03:18:02pm EST - “A public school district in Virginia has devolved into a violent "free-for-all" after the district removed school resource officers amid the defund the police movement, worried parents ?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Removal of school cops in Virginia led to violence among students, parent says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A public school district in Virginia has descended into a violent “free-for-all” after the district removed school resource officers amid the defund-the-police movement, worried parents claim.

Shocking videos posted on social media by students — and sent to WJLA by concerned parents — show middle and high school students kicking, punching and stomping on each other on or near school property.

The reported uptick in violence comes after the Alexandria City Council voted in May to pull school resource officers (SROs) from schools and allocate some $800,000 to recruit mental health professionals — which have still not yet been hired, WJLA reported.

“I think not having them there has made it, I hate to say, almost a free-for-all,” said Jennifer Rohrbach, whose 14-year-old daughter attends Alexandria City High School. “When I watch these videos, I would say my reaction is shock, complete shock.”

Various clips of the bedlam show an assault in a school cafeteria, a student kicked by classmates in a parking lot brawl, and high school students attacking a man near a McDonald’s at Alexandria City High School, WJLA reported.

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