Local Group Pushes for Civil Citation Justice Program

A local civil rights organization is pushing for a change when it comes to the way students are punished.

The Bay County Chapter of the Rainbow Push Coalition is speaking out against bay county's zero tolerance discipline policy.

They took their message to the Bay County Courthouse today.

As it stands right now, first time misdemeanors can lead to the arrest of a student.

The coalition is trying to raise awareness for an alternative punishment - civil citations.

Director Gregory Dossie says kids who make mistakes should not be held to adult consequences.

Bay County Rainbow Push Coalition Director Gregory Dossi says, "When they apply for certain businesses, when they apply for jobs that require a background check, it's going to flag them."

The second in this three-part forum series will be held Tuesday July 16th at the Glenwood Community Center.

The third is scheduled for August.