CNN features Community Rights on "zero tolerance," truancy tickets in schools
by Manuel Criollo on Friday, February 19, 2010
Manuel Criollo featured in CN
Just yesterday, CNN ran a top story in their legal news section that features our Community Rights work against truancy tickets and pre-prison conditions in schools:
"But one thing is sure: Alexa's case isn't the first. At schools across the country, police are being asked to step in.
The Strategy Center, a California-based civil rights group that tracks zero tolerance policies, found that at least 12,000 tickets were issued to tardy or truant students by Los Angeles Police Department and school security officers in 2008. The tickets tarnished students' records and brought them into the juvenile court system, with fines of up to $250 for repeat offenders.
Strategy Center opposes the system. "The theory is that if we fine them, then
they won't be late again," said Manuel Criollo, lead organizer of the "No to
Pre-Prison" campaign at The Strategy Center. "But they just end up
not going to school at all." His group is trying to…"
Read the full story here "Girl's Arrest for Doodling Raises Concerns about Zero Tolerance"
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story went up on CNN.com yesterday morning and
had over 2,000 comments posted before lunchtime. As of this morning,
the comments have reached 4130 and are still rolling in.
Here are a few highlights:
the man said in the story. If you start giving out tickets for being late, then
the next time i'm late. I just won't come to school.
Kids are out of control! Just visit a local mall on any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday (the mall is not a babysitter)! This should not be an issue for police, but all you bleeding hearts have taken all the control out of the teacher’s hands and the parents! I blame you foolish folks for thinking that discipline is wrong...if you don't teach them they will never learn! Just overcrowding our prison system with these juvenile delinquents, when their parents should be right there beside them.
We teach kids how to treat others by the way we treat them. Schools are becoming just like prisons. They're old, gray, and falling apart. The rules are ramrod harsh. My 10 year old cousin told me that they are not allowed to talk at all during lunch…
I don't know about New York or any other city, but in the Houston TX suburb I live in, there are police on campus and instead of kids going to the principles office and getting detention, now the cop on campus gives them a ticket or takes them to jail. Then they have to go to court. $210.00 fine 4 years ago. Probably more now. Court and fine...anything they do wrong...court and fine.