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SRO Abuse Reporting System Pilot 

Keeping Our Students Safe, Emotionally Well, and Out of Prison

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During Business Hours 

We receive calls and fill out the incident report with the caller. 

Or an individual can also report the incident using our online reporting system. 

After Business Hours

The student or parent/guardian can leave a voicemail. We will call back during business hours so we can document the incident. Alternatively, individuals can report the incident using our online reporting system. 

Why are we creating this reporting system?

1. So we can address the psychological impact of the harmful interactions that our students have with SROs by ensuring that schools provide emotional and psychological support to impacted students 

2. We want to elevate the stories of SRO abuse and demand justice for impacted students 

3. Data sovereignty: We want to have our own data about how often these occurrences happen in our schools and if there are any racial or gender disparities in occurrences. 

4. We will send this data and a formal report to school districts and the Nashville Community Oversight Board to keep our SROs accountable


5. We will use this data to justify divestment from SROs and investment in violence interrupters, community healers, counselors, therapists, and social workers. 

Steps for Reporting SRO Abuse


Fill out the Form 

Please fill out the form to completion. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call and ask a question. (615) 669-7015 


We Receive the Information

We look at the submitted response and follow up with the student, classmate, or parent/guardian. Please give us 24-48 hrs to respond.

We will follow up with more questions. 


Follow-Up Questions

A. Has the victim suffered any known injuries (ex. Physical harm, loss of sleep, nightmares)? - If yes, document and describe all of the injuries suffered as a result of the school police officer’s actions. If appropriate, take pictures of the injuries as soon as possible. Describe how the injuries feel, and keep a record of any doctor’s visits and medical statements received due to the injury. 

B. Were there any witnesses to the incident? (YES / NO) - If yes, Do they consent to speak with us? (YES / NO) • If yes, what method of communication do they prefer? Their testimony may be used against the SRO and in favor of the student later. 

C. Are there any video or audio recordings of the incident? (YES / NO) - If yes, store the recording in a secure space where it will not be deleted or altered (i.e., cloud, external drive, or with an attorney). This also may be used against the SRO and in favor of the student later. 

D. Has the incident been reported to the school administration? (YES / NO) - If yes, when was the incident reported, and how did the school district respond? Keep a written record of what the individual reported to the school administration and the administrator’s response. Also, keep a physical copy of any incident report, referral, or other paperwork provided to the student by the school administrator. 

E. Was the student arrested or disciplined by the school because of the incident? (YES / NO) - Again, keep a record of all disciplinary documents provided by the school administration as a result of the incident. 

F. How quickly does the individual/group need a response? 

G. Was the student’s mistreatment influenced in any way by the student’s race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or national origin? (YES / NO) - If yes, ask the student and their parent for any facts that show that the student was discriminated against based on these (or other) factors.


Mental Health Assessment & Care Coordination 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood.

School resource officer abusing students is nothing short of state-sponsored ACEs. 

BMHA Nashville is committed to healing our community by offering community care, emotional support, counseling, and support groups to the impacted student and by checking in on the family of the impacted students.  In addition to coordinating mental health care (finding a therapist and/or other higher level of care), we will provide free Screenings for Adverse Childhood Experiences and a mental health assessment screening.  


We elevate the story on social media and update the data

Working with our base, community partners, and other stakeholders, we will elevate each story of SRO abuse and demand justice.  We will also keep and update an online database with statistics on SRO abuse in Tennessee. 


We help you submit a complaint to the Community Oversight Board, School District, and Legal Counsel  

If you're struggling to hold the SRO or school accountable for the harm inflicted, we want you to know that you are not alone.   We will help you make a complaint to the school district, community oversight board, and legal counsel. 


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The city spends $6.8 million every year to police students in Metro Nashville Public Schools

(Source: Nashville People's Budget 2021 Report, Page 33)

In August of 2022, Chief John Drake & Metro Schools Director Dr. Adrienne Battle announced an additional 5-6 million dollars investment in School resource officers for 'enhanced security measures' at Metro Schools for the 2022-23 school year. Although there is a clear issue of school safety with school shootings becoming a norm in the US, the state's approach to addressing harm through surveillance, policing, and incarceration fails to address the underlying trauma and mental health issues and continues to cause disproportionate harm to Black and other marginalized communities of color. 


Research shows that though police presence is increasing in schools nationwide, there is no evidence they prevent school shootings and often contribute to inequitable disciplinary consequences and even arrests of young children. Local data shows that although Black students make up 42% of MNPS, they represent 72% of the cases recommended to SROs. Every stage of the youth punishment system (e.g., arrest, secure detention, and probation) is counterproductive to adolescent development. After being arrested by school police officers, students face a myriad of collateral consequences that hams their mental health, well-being, and future. 

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Recent Examples of SRO Abuse in Tennessee

Hamilton County Schools - East Ridge SRO Altercation 

September 23, 2022

Eighteen-year-old Tauris Sledge was assaulted, dragged by his hair, and taken into custody on charges of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest or Obstruction of Legal Process, and Assault.

 School Resource Officer (SRO) at Smyrna High called a 14-year-old gay, Hispanic boy a “girl” and a “bitch.” 

September 7, 2022


Audio Recording

Tennessean Article

Medium Article

Organizations That Have Paved the Way 

Safer Schools Nashville - FB - Linktree


Southern Movement Committee

Schools Not Jail Nashville - Linktree

Nashville People’s Budget 

How we created our reporting system

SRO Complaint toolkit  - Advancement Project - Police Free Schools

If we forgot to give credit where credit is due, please email us at and we will update this list. 

Policy to Advance

In Partnership With

Elmahaba Center

Nashville Community Crisis Response

No Exceptions Prison Collective 

Safer Schools Nashville

Schools Not Jail Nashville

Thanks to Elmahaba Center's Language Team: Carolina (for the Spanish Translation) and Daniella Bacha (for Arabic) 

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