Friday, March 01, 2013

Prison Song?

Randal Wilson, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa, had an opinion piece in the Ragister today.

Iowa View: More school police creates 'pipeline' to prison

Holy Hyperbole Lawyer Man!

And the scientific community is united in that fact.

As examples of the "pipeline to prison", Wilson cited two instances (in Milwaukee and Massachusetts) I couldn't find via Google.

The other two instances (Johnston and New York City) were not necessarily the fault of School Resource Officers.

In the Johnston incident, the Ragisters editorial board blamed zero tolerance and referred to it as more of a school to court pipeline.

As for the New York City incident, Wilson penned this --  In New York City in 2010, a 12-year-old student who wrote “I love my friends Abby and Faith” on her desk was handcuffed, “perp-walked” out of the school in front of her peers, and charged with vandalism.

That's a bit of a stretch of the truth, Mister ACLU.

The student's teacher took her to an assistant principal to the dean's office where police were called, so to blame a School Resource Officer for the incident is untrue.

Also, there is no mention of a "perp-walk".

The student claims she was "dragged" by her teacher and was led out of school in handcuffs.


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