There are other issues here ignored by the article. I was once a Wake County high school teacher. If students are constantly disrupting class, causing fights multiple times in a year (I think the long-term suspension after one fight must be new policy) or bringing drugs and weapons to school, they are disrupting learning for other students. I agree these children still need to be served and educated, but they must not be allowed to do whatever they please and get slapped on the wrist repeatedly. An alternative is needed... What that is, I do not claim to know... but it is something other than just long-term suspension or jail.
I also agree that from my experience, it is the Black males that are the ones who seem to receive the largest number of long-term suspensions (where they can't come back). This is an ongoing problem, since at least 2001...
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