Students protest reassignment of Miami Schools SRO

MIAMI, Okla. – Miami public school students and parents protest the reassignment of the school’s resource officer.

KOAM’s Janna Hautala spoke with those who attended the protest on Tuesday. She also spoke with the Miami Police Chief about what happened.

You can watch the story above. Below, you can find statements sent to KOAM.

Statement from Miami Public Schools Superintendent

Superintendent of Schools Nick Highsmith sent a statement about the SRO to KOAM. You can find the pdf below, or click here.

Superintendent Statement on SRO from Miami Public Schools, Sept. 20, 2022

Statement from Miami Police Department Chief

The Miami Police Department posted the following release to social media.

“On September 13, 2022, Miami Public Schools contacted me and asked for Officer Sparks to be reassigned and not assigned as an SRO. Officer Sparks had held that position for 5 years. At the request of the School District and to maintain a cohesive partnership we reassigned Sparks to a patrol shift. Officer Sparks was never under investigation, nor was this a disciplinary matter for the Police department or the City of Miami. Officer Sparks has served the City since 2015 and will continue to serve our citizens in a patrol capacity.

Thomas Anderson

Chief, Miami Police Dept.”