April 23, 2012
The Ector County Independent School District’s police department has had a very busy month.
From searching a campus on lockdown for a reported gun, a student made “hit list” that launched a police investigation or to a stabbing sending a student to the detention center and the hospital, the police department has had a lot to handle lately.
But Patrick Metze, juvenile law expert at the Texas Tech University School of Law, feels school district law enforcement across the nation is already overly criminalizing students. He said there are issues about when school districts send students to alternative campuses instead of handling the situations.
“They need to learn to handle discipline at the local school,” Metze said.