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School resource officer responds to SC officer's confrontation with student

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Detective Don Koski has a lot to say about a confrontation between a school resource officer and a student which got out of hand.

Koski does that very job in Saginaw Township.

The kids see him every day, keeping order in the school.

He said he would have handled the situation much differently. 

“I probably would have cleared the classroom, or I would have told the kids to turn on their cell phones so they can record me to see how polite I will be in asking her to get up and leave,” Koski said.

But it's difficult to understand where the line is for what a school officer should and should not do.

Koski said he doesn't get involved unless he absolutely has to.

“I let security handle the security situations, it's a school problem, until the school asks me to get involved,” Koski said.

And Tom Mynsberge agrees with that.

He started Critical Incident Management. It's an organization that trains schools and organizations for disasters.

He said school officers shouldn't typically use force.  But he said if the situation calls for it, the officer may use it as a last resort.

“It has to be a lawful action. We're bound by having to perform a lawful action,” Mynsberge said. “But it depends. If things go beyond, and it takes a physical force to do it, then that's what's required of us. Anymore, teachers are reluctant to get involved, and in the last effort of compliance is to call the police officer in.”

Koski said when he began, he did not have special training to work in schools. But now, there are some limits the officers cannot cross.

“I can't talk to a 16-year-old without their parents being present. Because they’re a minor,” Koski said.

Koski said the job of a school resource officer is all about teaching the kids what law enforcement does in addition to having a presence in the school.

“With what's happening in schools now-a-days, it's nice to have an armed officer to keep the kids safe,” Koski said.

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