RAMAPO, N.Y. -- State Sen. David Carlucci and Assembly members Ken Zebrowski and Ellen Jaffee have taken action in filling the open school resource officer (SRO) position at Spring Valley High School by calling for an immediate replacement.
Following several violent incidents that have occurred at the school over the past few months, it has become clear that the role of the SRO is imperative to maintaining a safe environment for students. The position has remained vacant since the former SRO, a village of Spring Valley police officer, retired and has caused a lack of security.
The three legislators recently wrote a letter to Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme requesting that he looks to immediately fill the position and appoint a police officer as SRO for the school.
"Ensuring the safety of our students must be our highest priority. School Resource Officers play invaluable roles in fostering a safe environment for students to learn and thrive, all while maintaining the safety of the building. Filling the vacancy in the SRO position at Spring Valley High School should take place immediately before further incidents occur at the school," said Carlucci.
In the letter, the legislators cited a specific incident that took place last week and involved 10 students, one that was stabbed with a pencil at the high school. They emphasized that these incidents usually start outside the school but end up escalating during the school day, affecting not only those involved, but disrupts all students. The presence of an SRO would limit or hinder these violent altercations and provide a stable environment between school hours and after hours at home.
Carlucci, Zebrowski and Jaffee stressed the importance of an SRO at Spring Valley High School and requested that Delhomme fill the position immediately. They are awaiting a response from his office.
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