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Sunnyside parents upset about school resource officer leaving

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash.- Sunnyside parents are upset about communication issues with the Sunnyside School District.

In Sunnyside, gangs and crime are concerns for parents, which is why they say having a good school resource officer is important. When they found out Chico Rodriguez was leaving Harrison Middle School. Parents were shocked.

"A lot of students come to him and say grandpa, uncle, dad and you see the connection with them but I don't see any other officer to do the same thing," said Ezequiel Olmedo, a concerned Sunnyside parent.

Parents say the SRO has gone above and beyond his duty, interacting with kids, making sure they stay out of trouble and supporting students.

Starting Friday, he won't be there.

"He's taking a position at the Sunnyside housing authority, they got a grant to fund a full time officer to patrol property and work with Lieutenants and stuff like that," said Curtis Campbell from the Sunnyside School District.

At first parents were worried about their children's safety. Now, they're unhappy they were left in the dark.

"The school don't say nothing that why people get mad, when school needs something they look every time when they don't, they don't say nothing," said Olmedo.

After receiving phone calls, the school district sent out letters to parents explaining they do plan to bring in a full time officer.