ACLU and NAACP: Student Disciplinary Punishments in Mississippi Public Schools Are Too Harsh

by Colonel on January 18, 2013

“A joint report by groups including the ACLU and NAACP says the problems are more widespread than just the city of Meridian, where the U.S. Justice Department has filed a suit claiming officials are running a “school-to-prison pipeline” for minor infractions.

The groups say the Meridian lawsuit is just one example of a problem “that has plagued Mississippi schools statewide for years.”

The report comes less than three months after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jackson alleging that students in the southeastern city of Meridian have been sent to juvenile detention for infractions such as flatulence or dress code violations, and that mostly black and disabled children are affected.

The new report says many schools in Mississippi use zero-tolerance policies and students end up incarcerated or kicked out of school “often for the most trivial misbehaviors.”

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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