Recently I listened to a commentary on the treatment of young people in the Schools and Juvenal Justice System of the United States. I would encourage you to watch it. The commentary is made by a man named John W. Whitehead, the founder the Rutherford Institute an organization dedicated to maintaining the rights of free speech and the other rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights
John Whitehead explains that,
By the time the average young person in America finishes their public school education, nearly one out of every three of them will have been arrested.
It is not unjust that students may be disciplined by their schools, but in the current environment where the principle of zero tolerance is the rule of the day the treatment of students has increasingly been decidedly unjust.
More than 3 million students are suspended or expelled from schools every year, often for minor misbehavior, such as “disruptive behavior” or “insubordination.” Black students are three times more likely than white students to face suspension and expulsion.
For instance, a Virginia sixth grader, the son of two school teachers and a member of the school’s gifted program, was suspended for a year after school officials found a leaf (likely a maple leaf) in his backpack that they suspected was marijuana. Despite the fact that the leaf in question was not marijuana (a fact that officials knew almost immediately), the 11-year-old was still kicked out of school, charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court, enrolled in an alternative school away from his friends, subjected to twice-daily searches for drugs, and forced to be evaluated for substance abuse problems.
The extremes of absurdity being indulged in beggar disbelief.
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.
John Whitehead, Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State
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