An Examination of School Resource Officers' Attitudes Regarding Behavioral Issues among Students Receiving Special Education Services

  • David C. May Eastern Kentucky University
  • Corrie Rice Eastern Kentucky University
  • Kevin I. Minor Eastern Kentucky University
Keywords: school resource officers, students receiving special education services, special education

Abstract

For many parents and educators, school safety is one of the most important issues in the United States.  Despite anecdotal evidence that students receiving special education services are often negatively stereotyped by school administrators and educators for behaviors threatening school order and safety, and despite increased media attention to the interaction between students receiving special education services and law enforcement officers in schools, no research has examined perceptions of school resource officers toward these students.   Because school resource officers are now a permanent part of the school culture, and because disproportionate numbers of students receiving special education services are disciplined (e.g., school suspensions and arrests) each year, research is needed to examine attitudes of SROs regarding the presence and behaviors of students receiving special education services.  Data collected from 130 School Resource Officers (SROs) in Kentucky revealed that large portions of SROs perceived that behaviors of students receiving special education services had a negative impact on the school environments and these perceptions had little association with the SRO’s demographic and experiential variables.  Implications for policy and future research are addressed.

Author Biographies

David C. May, Eastern Kentucky University

David C. May is an Associate Professor and Criminology Program Coordinator in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Mississippi State University.  He has published numerous articles and books in the areas of responses to school violence, perceptions of the severity of correctional punishments, fear of criminal victimization, and weapon possession and use among adolescents.  

Corrie Rice, Eastern Kentucky University

Corrie Rice is the Research Advisor for the University Training Consortium (UTC) at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).  Her research interests include organizational development, organizational climate, and occupational training and development.  She holds a M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from EKU and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. 

Kevin I. Minor, Eastern Kentucky University

Kevin Minor is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University.  He has published various books and articles in the areas of adult corrections, juvenile justice, and applied/evaluation research.

Published
2012-09-07
How to Cite
May, D., Rice, C., & Minor, K. (2012). An Examination of School Resource Officers’ Attitudes Regarding Behavioral Issues among Students Receiving Special Education Services. Current Issues in Education, 15(3). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/863
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