Budget Cuts Could Afftect School Safety

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Officer Robert McBride has been a resource officer at Eastern High School for 2 years. He believes youth interaction is key and practices what he preaches.

"It's good they learn police are not here to hurt them. We are here to help them. Once they become adults, it becomes easier for them to understand and trust the police department," said Lansing police officer Robert McBride, who works at Eastern High School as a resource officer.

When school gets out, his time doesn't end. Mcbride volunteered for the football team for more than two years, and has worked in high school sports for the last decade. He now assists the football, track, and basketball coaches at Eastern High School.

"I'm from inner city Detroit. There was a police officer at my school named, Ray Watson. He did these same things for me when I was a young person. I think it's only fair we try and give back those lessons. That's how we foster a good community," said McBride.

With city budget cuts and state revenue sharing cuts on the horizon, the Lansing police chief says resource officers, like McBride, could be eliminated.

"With these cuts, we are in danger of losing our school resource officers. They are engaged with your young people and that's priceless," said Chief Teresa Szymanski of the Lansing Police Department.

The chief says school resource officers help breakdown stereotypes of police officers among youth. Something McBride sees first hand.

"I've had kids come to me or text me to warn me of a potential fight or something could happen because they want to be safe at school. You build trust over time," said McBride.

McBride is applying to be the football head coach at Eastern High School. He says he will continue to be active at the school whether in uniform or not.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    The schools should get the most valuable resource they have involved with the schools. The parents would not mind putting an hour or two a week in at the schools. If 1 out 10 parents did that, most of these schools would have 100 hours of volunteer labor a week.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Here's another story with all the whiney boo-hooers sobbing and crying over the cuts the Governor is making regarding stuff this state simply no longer can afford. Go Governor!!!...cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, and cut some more!!!
  • by ak Location: MI on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Ok you didn't say that but someone else did.
  • by ak Location: MI on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    No I wasn't happy with that either. And I don't think Granholm was at fault for all that's going on in MI. I think its past Governors too. Michigans had its issues for a long time. And like you said "its not the Governors fault" well it wasn't Grannholms fault either. I don't think school safety and education are things to cut those things are important. And yes law enforcment is important too there has to be somethimg else to cut.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    How much more are people to pay out on homes that no longer are worth as much.How much longer are home owners or buyers going to foot the bills on schools.Land lords keep raising rents & more people are just going to LEAVE this state.How many people are sorry they elected RS? There is no way to get him out of office either.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 04:40 AM
    The city is going to cut it not the govenor..thats why the city millage needs to pass so we can keep 120 police officers and firefighters on the streets, and keep Officers in schools. But of course people refuse to vote for it. If it don't pass we will all suffer consquences.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    TO AK, FUNNY when GRANHOLM Laid off law enforcement officers hand over fist, Where were you ?! Didnt seem to mind when a DEM GOV, did those cuts , did ya?? Out of control spending have gotten us to this point..and Granholm was at the helm for 8 years! She did major damage to MICHIGAN! and Taxpayers are fed up with fixing her errors.
  • by ak Location: MI on Mar 16, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Big suprise. What else are u gna cut snyder? I'm not suprised at what your are cutting. I knew there was a reason I didn't vote for u. I know u have to cut things but isn't there something else??
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