Zero-tolerance policies are a hot-button issue in American schools today. While the goal is to keep kids on track towards success, the strict set of rules can have the opposite effect.
"Students who experience out-of-school suspension and expulsion are as much as 10 times more likely to ultimately drop out of high school than are those who do not," claims the American Academy of Pediatrics
These zero-tolerance polices have been found to disproportionately affect African-American students, and the ACLU believes that punishment for many in-school infractions are too harsh.
Because of this alarming information, some school districts are taking action to combat the suspension problem. For example, public schools in Oakland, California, have found success using new methods that focus on ways to help children improve their behavior and understand what they did wrong, in lieu of criminal punishment or removing them from school.
This new method hasn’t caught on everywhere; there are still plenty of schools that are taking student infractions too far. Click through the gallery to see which harsh school punishments don’t necessarily fit the crime.
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