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No more cops in schools

The Toronto District School Board has voted to permanently end the practice of having police officers stationed in high schools.

There was loud applause when the result of a vote to scrap the School Resources Officer Program was announced on Wednesday night.

"We're not saying we don't want to have a relationship with the police, but we just won't want armed police officers in our school every day," school board chairwoman Robin Pilkey told reporters after the vote.

Toronto school district staff recommended removing officers from schools after a survey of students, staff and parents found that the police presence left some teens feeling intimidated or uncomfortable.

The program, which was suspended at the start of the school year, saw police officers stationed at 45 high schools in the district to try to improve safety and perceptions of police.

It began in 2008 after 15-year-old Jordan Manners was shot and killed at C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute.

A majority of the students surveyed for the school district report said that having an officer in school made them feel safer, but the more than two-thousand students who said they felt uncomfortable with a police presence was enough to justify the decision, Pilkey said.



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