Lincoln, Neb. — A study by the American Civil Liberties Union says more than 71,000 students attend Nebraska schools where police act as school resource officers but they lack access to counselors, psychologists, nurses or social workers.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the ACLU found that about 30 percent of students across the U.S. are in schools with police, but without those other support positions. The group analyzed federal Office for Civil Rights figures from the 2015-2016 school year.
The ACLU opposes having police in schools, citing studies that show minority students and those with disabilities are disproportionately arrested, suspended and expelled.
Proponents say police improve safety and help students develop positive relationships with police. ACLU officials say schools should instead allocate funds to hire mental health professionals.