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Unusual Training Session Aims To Help School Resource Officers Understand What’s Going On In Teens’ Brains
Students who went to Millard North High School in the last decade probably were stopped in the halls by Officer John Martinez. He would ask about their weekends, the people they were dating or their extracurricular activities.
Some of the most high-profile incidents of police violence in recent years have involved youths and teens. In Ferguson, Michael Brown was 18. Baltimore’s Freddie Gray was 25, and had a history of encounters with police. Tamir Rice, in Cleveland, was only 12.
Laura Jenny was named the 2016 Massachusetts Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of America during a ceremony at Westfield State University. The 17-year-old Leominster High School senior will represent the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, as well as clubs from across the state, when she competes regionally with a chance of competing for the title of National Youth of the Year later this summer.
Watching an officer arrest a parent can lead to painful memories for children, one that can alter their perception of police for a lifetime. “These memories endure and then they form attitudes,” said Lisa Thurau, executive director of the non-profit Strategies for Youth.
Juvenile Justice Jeopardy was created to teach kids their legal rights and responsibilities. The idea is that the accurate knowledge—as opposed to myths and street lore—will result in better decisions being made and fewer altercations with police officers.
Deputy Chief Bill Dean is a second generation police officer who is preaching a new message to officers in his city: If you understand the developing and sometimes volatile teen brain, it will make you a better cop.
As a delegation from the international Cure Violence movement prepares to visit Cleveland this week, the city has released a draft of its own violence prevention plan – a framework that builds upon existing programs and promises new data-driven strategies.
The room has the buzz of a high school cafeteria as police officers huddle around tables, creating lists of words that describe their teenage selves.
Mischievous, sneaky, crazy, impulsive, risky, weird, emotional—and yes, even horny—make it onto supersized sticky notes that get posted on the classroom walls.
Baltimore officials have launched a criminal investigation into a recent incident involving a city school police officer who slapped and kicked a 16-year-old boy in a hallway. In a graphic and profanity-laden cellphone video, which surfaced on Tuesday and quickly spread on social media, the teen stands with his back against a wall as the officer strikes him multiple times, yelling, “get the f*** out of here.” A second officer stands by watching.
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