Special Needs Students at Ruby Van Meter School Thank Police Officers

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Special needs students at Ruby Van Meter School did their part in thanking police Friday as the Metro mourns the loss of two officers.

The students decided to make cards and posters for Metro police officers Friday. They delivered them to two officers from the Des Moines Police Department Friday afternoon during an assembly.

"Some of our students have different needs, and they might not be able to process what happened as easily as typical students or adults might be able to," said Emily West, a special education teacher at Ruby Van Meter. "And so, the conversation really centered around why the policemen are important, we talked about what happened to the police officers this week, and, you know, why we need to support the police officers right now - which was a really good conversation to have with them."

While some students have a better understanding of the events that took the lives of Justin Martin and Tony Beminio Wednesday, some just understand that police lost some "dear friends," teachers say. But those that organized this event Friday say it's important the community sees these students care, too.

"We just felt like it was important that people see a different group of people who are supporting our officers," West said. "You know, so often in the media, we see typical adults, students, schools, and it's just really neat for people to see what's going on here."

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