Citrus Grove Elementary media specialist Lana Barros and media assistant Shawna Hixon, the coordinating team for “Martin Takes a Stand Against Bullying – An Awareness Walk”, have much to be pleased with as their efforts were surely well organized and genuinely appreciated by those in attendance. The walk on Saturday, April 19 at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart was preceded by informative comments by William Snyder, Martin County’s Sheriff who had in attendance with him deputy officers, some of which serve as School Resource Officers in the District.
School Resource officers (SROs) are sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for providing security and crime prevention services in the American school environment. SROs are typically employed by a local police or sheriff's agency and work closely with administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff. The responsibilities of SROs are similar to regular police officers in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction. School resource officers typically have additional duties to include mentoring and conducting presentations on youth-related issues. School resource officers play an integral role in the public school system and have had many positive impacts on the students that they are involved with.
School Resource Officers provide valuable input in helping to combat bullying and the aftermath of bullying, lending assistance to parents, teachers and students in providing helpful information and follow-up tools in bullying reporting and prevention.
(Photo on left: Coordinator of ‘Awareness Walk’ along with Sheriff Snyder and his ‘many good’ men that act as beacons and lighthouses on the Treasure Coast and in Martin County’s schools ensuring the safety of all.)