Criminality or Sociality: A Zero Sum Game?

  • Alexander J. Means
Part of the New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Politics book series (NFECP)


The School Safety Office, home to officers Duggan and Jones, is tucked away on the first floor and down a back hallway. After finding the office one morning, I proceeded to knock on the plain wooden door. After some audible shuffling around inside, a burly white cop with cropped brown hair opened the door. “Yeah, can I help you,” he said, in the flat unmistakable cadence of a working-class Chicago accent. This was Officer Duggan. He told me to come in. As I entered the small office I noticed two desks against the opposite wall. At one of the desks sat Officer Jones, a middle aged white female officer in a blue bullet proof vest. Against the other wall I noticed a skinny African American student in a gray T-shirt and jeans. I guessed that he was probably a sophomore or junior. After a quick double-take I realized that the student was handcuffed to a steel ring protruding from the wall. The kid gave me a wry smirk as I introduced myself to both Duggan and Jones. Duggan motioned toward the student and said, “We can’t really talk right now cause we have this problem over here.” “Problem?” I asked. “Yeah, we gotta wait for the paddy wagon to come pickup this goofball.” “Come back in a couple hours and we can talk,” he said. On my way out I wondered if the “goofball” was going to be handcuffed to the wall for the next “couple of hours?”


Criminal Justice System Crime Control Youth Violence Security Guard Metal Detector 
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