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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