At least one superintendent no longer wants any armed police officers patrolling their high schools. This is taking place in the Portland Public School district and two other districts located inside the Portland area.

It was Portland Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero who said they, the biggest district in Oregon, will be “discontinuing the regular presence of school resource officers.” The district wasn't paying for the police officers anyway, but they have intentions to use the spending on other jobs. Those jobs could range from counselors, social workers, and culturally specific student support, as reported by Oregon Live.

"Guerrero’s decision is an about-face from spring 2019, when he and his counterparts in two adjoining districts — David Douglas and Parkrose — told city officials they wanted the officers to remain stationed in their schools, they just didn’t want to pay for them. The announcement came one day after Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty reiterated a call she made three weeks ago to defund the program, a $1.6 million chunk of the police bureau budget. Hardesty, the only black member of the Portland City Council, also said she’d like to defund the city’s Violence Reduction Team and transit police. The school resource officer program provides for 11 armed police officers to patrol the halls of the city’s high schools, nine of them in Portland Public Schools."

Even worse, one of the district’s school board chair, Andrea Valderrama, wants to get rid of the school resource officer program and also get rid of Portland police who provide security at sports events and other school events. This could lead to absolute lawlessness with a complete lack of authority present.

Valderrama stated, "I urge the City of Portland to consider reinvesting these resources allocated to SROs for retention efforts for staff of color in the David Douglas School District and other districts."

When schools have no presence of authority, there could end up being a bit more chaos, especially at the high school level for schools that already have a problem.