SMSD releases school resource officer data amid parents’ questions — Here are the key findings

Shawnee Mission's recent security and safety evaluation shows Black students are disciplined at a higher rate than their peers. The report also notes that just one student resource officer in the district is Black. Above, Shawnee Mission West district resource officer James Carmody. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

A recent safety and security overview of the Shawnee Mission School District, including a look at student resource officers’ interactions with students, shows that Black students are disproportionately “involved in high-severity, discipline-related activity.

District data shows Black students involved in disciplinary incidents are more likely than their white peers to be referred to law enforcement.