Say No to 'Hardening' the Schools with Zero Tolerance Policies and Gun-Toting Cops
Whitehead, John W.http://dissidentvoice.org/2018/03/say-no-to-hardening-the-schools-with-zero-tolerance-policies-and-gun-toting-cops/
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 13/03/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22602
The last thing the school system needs is harsher penalties and armed guards which turn students into 'inmates'. Schools in the Unites States are already heavily policed, with School Resource Officers (SRO) funded by the Deptartment of Justice, and harsh penalties for kids as young as 4-5 years old.
One 13-year-old was given detention for exposing the school to "liability" by sharing his lunch with a hungry friend. A third grader was suspended for shaving her head in sympathy for a friend who had lost her hair to chemotherapy. And then there was the high school senior who was suspended for saying "bless you" after a fellow classmate sneezed.
In South Carolina, where it's against the law to disturb a school, more than a thousand students a year- some as young as 7 years old - "face criminal charges for not following directions, loitering, cursing, or the vague allegation of acting 'obnoxiously.' If charged as adults, they can be held in jail for up to 90 days."
These outrageous incidents are exactly what you'll see more of if the Trump Administration gets its way.
Increasing the number of cops in the schools only adds to the problem.