An Australian friend draws our attention to two stories that appeared in the Australian press last week:

The government of Western Australia is considering placing police officers in that state’s high schools, in response to a recent increase in assaults on teachers there…

…And an officer assigned to an “elite unit designed to be the public face of [the] police in high schools” in the state of New South Wales has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a child.

This is just one incident, of course. But it does serve as a reminder that whatever the benefits to teachers and students of bringing police onto school grounds may be, the practice carries real costs as well.

(Thanks to lauredhel of Hoyden About Town for the tip.)