The Future is Ms. is an ongoing series of news reports by young feminists. This series is made possible by a grant from SayItForward.org in support of teen journalists and the series editor, Katina Paron.
For Stephanie Lopez, school is not a safe place.
The 17-year-old routinely witnessed the school resource officers (SROs)—armed, district-funded trained police officers—who filled Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, criminalize students of color, including her brother.
Once, after her older brother bumped into an officer in the hall, he was immediately interrogated and asked for ID. This shook Lopez, who is Latina.
“Being treated as a criminal messed up my mentality for a while. I really did not want to go to school anymore,” Lopez said, emphasizing that she constantly feels at-risk around SROs.
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