School Resource Officer's and the L.I.F.E. Program
School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officers (SROs) are positive role models and are available to assist school personnel, parents and students of all schools in the district with law enforcement related questions or problems. The SROs are primarily assigned to the middle schools. They are a resource for all Liberty schools. SROs can best be reached at the numbers listed below.
- Liberty Middle School & Heritage Middle School SRO - 816-736-6886 or email.
- South Valley Middle School & Discovery Middle School SRO - 816-736-7188 or email.
Liberty Intervention Focusing on Education (LIFE) The SROs direct Liberty Intervention Focusing on Education (LIFE), which includes a Science Based Drug Education program (SBDE), along with an internet safety program (i-SAFE), and a program which covers sexual harassment in the school setting.
The 10-week LIFE program is presented to all 6th grade students in the Liberty School District. Students spend the first 5 weeks studying anti-drug information. The program covers brain functions and processes, the 3 major drug categories, “gateway” theory, marijuana and the debate concerning legalization, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The program is based on the idea of educating students about what happens to their body and brain when they use drugs, and the damaging long term effects.
The i-SAFE program is 4 weeks of internet safety education. This program covers cyber security, intellectual property, cyber bullying, personal safety, and internet predators. This is an interactive program which allows for the students to discuss each topic as they learn how to be safe in the cyber world. After the SROs piloted i-SAFE at the junior high schools in 2005, an informal survey of the female students revealed that approximately 60% of them began limiting the personal information they use when on the Internet.
Last is a 1 week program which educates students about what sexual harassment is, and how it occurs in the schools. It also provides skill development for combating sexual harassment, and encourages students to help others who suffer from it.