Jennifer Hill is a candidate for School Board District 3. See all of her responses here.
The school to prison pipeline continues to impact Black children at disproportionate rates. Children as young as six years old have been hauled out of Florida schools in handcuffs for normal child behavior (like tantrums). Suspensions and expulsions are more likely to impact Black children. As a school board member, how will you combat this racial inequities? *
"First off, a resource officer should not be allowed near the school until they have not been trained in pediatric mental health issues or child psychology. The resource officer should be evaluated for mental health issues themselves and be trained in de-escalation techniques. Much like teachers, only certified officers that have studied child behavior in addition to their normal training should be allowed to interact with a student. If a trained officer is not available, the school administrators, guidance counselor or nurse must be held accountable for the safety of the child until a parent or guardian can be reached. No child should be removed from school grounds unless they are given permission by the parent or guardian or escorted by a certified child mental health advocate. I would collaborate with Hillsborough sheriff’s department to determine training techniques especially in the realm of restorative justice. I would also like to create more accurate data-tracking and transparency for student behavior."