Unbelievable Suspension Stories

emptychairSuspensions are used to discipline students for just about everything these days. Here are some recent articles that demonstrate some truly unbelievable stories of student suspensions.

From Science Class To School-to-Prison? Criminalizing Black Girls

A 16-year old African-American girl got arrested and expelled when her failed experiment in science class caused an explosion. Read more… 

High school student suspended for posting principal’s mugshot on Instagram saying she’d been arrested for DUI… when it was speeding

A Georgia student was suspended for posting a mugshot of his principal on Instagram and incorrectly stating the crime that she had been arrested for. Read more…

Senior class president suspended after tweet about high-school sports

A Kansas senior class president was suspended and banned from participating in graduation activities for tweeting about his school’s athletic program.  Read more…

School Gun Suspension: 2nd-Grade Boys, Booted For Pointing Pencils, Return To Class

Two second-graders were suspended for pointing pencils like guns. Questioning the absurdity of the suspension, one of their father’s said “Where will we draw the line? Was it sharpened? Was it not? Was it a No.2?” Read more…

High school ‘twerking’ suspensions to be appealed

Last week, 31 high school students were issued two-day suspensions for participating in a “suggestive”  ‘twerking’ video. The video and the punishment has caused quite a stir around the country and offers opportunity to explore punitive justice in schools. Read more…

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