Many states around the country are exploring ways to reduce tensions between police and citizens in the wake of recent police shootings. And through the Community Safety Education Act, Texas has come up with a creative one.
The bill signed into law last year “requires any student entering ninth grade in the 2018-2019 academic year and thereafter to participate in a class and watch a video instruction on how to interact properly with officers during traffic stops,” according to the Washington Post.
For students failing to fulfill that requirement means no diplomas.
The 16-minute video walks through how drivers should respond to officers during a traffic stop.
The bulk of the “video shows a re-enactment of students being pulled over for speeding and the officers explaining to them what to do next,” notes CNN. “The re-enactment is followed by different students asking questions about what to do if they have to deal with law enforcement, with officers answering those questions.”
The new curriculum inclusion has received mixed reviews, with some calling for cops to be better trained.