18: Police Presence in Schools and Seeking Restorative Justice with Erika Chavarria

In this episode of Trending Thoughts, Torrey is joined by Erika Chavarria, a Spanish teacher at Wild Lake High School, the founder of Columbia Community Care, and a board member of the Anti-Racist Education Alliance. Torrey and Erika discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and the role of school resource officers.

  • Erika’s upbringing in New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” (1:02)
  • Living in Howard County and experiencing diversity and student activism at Wild Lake (7:45)
  • Discussing the presence of police in schools (14:24)
  • The data is clear about having police in school (36:03)
  • Implementing and advocating for restorative justice (41:40)

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Trending Thoughts is a podcast hosted by 2x Super Bowl Champ Torrey Smith that is designed to entertain, spur debate, and to provide new ideas for our community across a variety of topics including sports, news, politics, parenting, and a lot more. Torrey will bring his unique commentary to each episode as we discuss what’s trending, feature guest interviews, and host unique conversations from the casual to the controversial.

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