We Don't Need School Cops Slapping Handcuffs on a 7-year-old Or Body-slamming a 12-year-old to the Ground

Any way you look at it, it's ugly.You never want to see a police officer body-slam a distraught student - a 12-year-old girl in this case.Nor do you want to see school cops slapping handcuffs on a 7-year-old with ADHD acting out in class.But both of those disturbing incidents happened last week in the Dallas public school system - a district that, ironically, has taken steps to crack down on harsh punishment that alienates students and feeds the school-to-prison pipeline.The district's attorneys - and likely its accountants, too - have urged administrators to keep their mouths shut in deference to student confidentiality laws and pending internal investigations.What's shocking is that adult officers paid to help maintain safety and de-escalate tense situations in our schools managed to make matters worse.They basically turned a firecracker into a stick of dynamite, which promptly exploded in their hands.  Continue reading...

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