Unpacking Race-Related Trauma for Black Boys: Implications for School Administrators and School Resource Officers
Keywords:Racism, Trauma, Black Boys, SROs, School Administrators, Suspension, Expulsion
Far too often, educators and pundits blame Black boys for the disproportionate suspension and expulsion rates instead of critiquing systems that prevent Black boys from thriving. Additionally, there is a need for more research that examines how Black boys experience race-related trauma in schools. This must include investigating encounters with school administrators and law enforcement–two groups that have a profound impact on disciplinary and life outcomes of Black boys. For this reason, this conceptual article will unpack Henderson et al.’s (2019) framework for race-related trauma and explore how this framework can be used to understand the educational experiences and realities of Black boys. Lastly, we conclude with recommendations for administrators and school resource officers on how to reimagine policies and actions that impact the lives of Black boys.