January 3, 2017
Rolesville High School Community,
Tuesday a video was circulated showing a school resource officer using force on a Rolesville High School student. I, like many of you, am deeply concerned about what I saw in the video.
The safety of our students is always our first priority. Our school district works with many dedicated officers who protect our students. It is vital that our children have a positive relationship with these law enforcement officials. Those relationships are built on mutual respect.
Immediately after becoming aware of Tuesday’s incident, we reached out to the Rolesville Police Department. I appreciate the quick action of Chief Langston, who placed the school resource officer on administrative leave and began an immediate investigation.
Two years ago, our school district enacted a unified agreement with all local law enforcement agencies that provides training and a clear understanding of the duties and responsibilities for School Resource Officers. As part of the investigation, the district and law enforcement are reviewing those standards.
I understand this incident brings up questions and conversations about the manner in which we keep students and staff safe in our schools. We will continue to be in conversation as we learn additional information.
Rolesville High School