Know You Rights in Zero Tolerance Situations

The Rainbow Push Coalition met with Bay County students and parents to make them aware of student's rights, especially in zero tolerance situations.

Coalition members say when it comes to disciplining students, there are discrepancies between the way white students are handled and the way minority students are treated. They highlighted areas that are open to interpretation, like dress codes, tardiness and insubordination.

They want to let students and parents know their rights and what to do in a disciplinary situation, to avoid unnecessary harsh punishments.

Gregory Dossie is head of the Rainbow Coalition. "It's a workshop that's a preventative workshop. It's always better to know what not to do so you won't get caught into the school to prison pipeline."

Kendall Donar is President of the NAACP Youth Council. "I think that's the reason they had this event because the information is out there but the problem is, we don't know it. There's a lack of break down in communication where people are finding out what's going on in the classroom"

Some schools are implementing alternative programs in place of severe punishments such as Saturday school, where troubled kids attend school on Saturday to do work.

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  • by NotUrAverage Location: urmoms on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    @Ancetors...NAACP is LATE as Usual. @Suny - you know nothing about zero tolerance try reading the research on which students it disproportionately affects...and stop embarrassing yourself with that "it's hard to be white" nonsense!
  • by Ancestors Location: America on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Well the NAACP has had it's eyes closed to the fact that black youth have been falling through the cracks for years.The prison systems are full of young black kids. Yall seem to think that, bringing up the past is a bad thing. The young black person does not know who they are.Yall only bring up black strong men or women when the holiday comes around. The youth need to be taught not only were their ancestors slaves but they struggled so that their desendents could be free and have a d*mn good life. The NAACP teach the negative side of being a black man or woman. The positive side is that times were hard, life was rough,but they went through it knowing that perseverance would open up a whole new world for their people.The new world is here but you are blind to it.It's not yesterday anymore.Don't give up your dreams for a jail cell. Your ancestors cry in Heaven because they suffered for nothing when you disregard the past.
  • by Suny Location: Fl on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    As a mother of a white child I can assure yuo that my child has been treated even more strictly than her 'black' or 'mexican' friends. They seem to think because she is white they can be more harsh, that way it proves they are not being racist. Until they stop complaining about race it will always be an issue. Some people have learned to use it as a crutch.
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