How US schools punish Black kids | 2020 Election

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For the 50 million kids who attend public schools in the US, the 2020 election is personal.

When it comes to who gets punished and removed from American classrooms, the US doesn’t treat all students equally. Black students get suspended and expelled far more frequently than their white classmates, and often for the same or similar offenses. And the weeks of school that Black kids miss each year can kick off a chain reaction that changes a child’s future.

But the US education system gives the American president a tremendous amount of power over public schools. Whoever holds the Presidency decides how schools handle things like testing, class size, and discipline.

During the Obama administration, the US Department of Education started to take the country’s school discipline problem seriously. They investigated the schools with significant racial gaps in punishment rates, and issued guidance on how to replace outdated policies with more effective ones.

Then Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s education secretary, abandoned those efforts. Trump's administration stopped releasing discipline data, changed the standard of what constitutes racist outcomes, and scaled back efforts to fix or even acknowledge racial disparities in how we punish kids. In this video we explain the origins of this crisis, and how the 2020 election could change things.

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If you can't handle a 5 year old, I'm sorry you shouldn't be working at a school.

Author — Sreekar Pradyumna


Arresting a 6 year old kid is absolutely disgusting.

Author — Arch E


schools dont do anything about bullying but they find the need to arrest a 6 year old? yikes.

Author — sparsh


"What you in for?"

"For throwing a tantrum as a 6 year old"

Author — Shino


Me: a black kid that got suspended for bending a paper clip aka "Destroying school property" this was middle school.

Author — Dissociation_Nation


A full-grown man assaulting an elementary student.

Author — piggy porks


Enough is enough. Their time is coming....

Author — Soluchi {Michael Jackson Lookalike, Dancer, VFX}


SERIOUSLY she’s a little kid even if she did kick them in a tantrum what do you expect? She’s a kid they do that sometimes

Author — Colin Le Blanc


Let's get this straight. The school called the police to arrest a 6 year old because she had a tantrum. If you can't handle a kid having a tantrum well then maybe working in a primary school isn't the best job for you.

Author — Butt Naked Thanos


I agree, we should arrest all children regardless of skin color.

Author — Evil Bob


racism isn't getting worse, its getting filmed

Author — Curb


I feel bad for the 6 year old kid imagine that trauma I hope she's okay

Author — A Guy


imagine needing a car seat for your arrested criminal in the back of your police vehicle

Author — Product Reviews


I had several tantrums as a kid and probably kicked my parents when my tantrums were really bad (sorry mom and dad). 2 parents. TWO people were able to get my tantrums to stop. But several teaches felt the need to call a *POLICE OFFICER* on a child. Disgusting

Author — laura fernandez


She’s six, she can’t pull out a gun and shoot you in the head, get it together teachers across the US.

Author — Furry Animations


The police had to be called on a freaking 6 year old for throwing a tantrum? Are you kidding me? All they had to do was call the parents to the school to take the child home. It didn't have to rise to the panic level of calling the authorities. And the police cuffing her like she's dangerous? That was ridiculous as I don't know what.

Author — Riri Pari


A white kid on tantrum who kicks his own mom : time out
A black kid on a tantrum : haha police go brrr

Author — Kei From Insta


My 5 year old wouldn’t take a nap so I had him arrested for resisting a rest 😂

Author — J T


We have another phrase for this phenomenon: School-to-Prison Pipeline

Author — BlitzkriegOmega


I got suspended for being 15 minutes late to school and not having on the uniform shirt.

What actually happened was I missed my school bus and had to run to metro bus (public transportation) stop in order to even make it there. If I had not I would have been more than an hour late by time the next bus came. It was hot that day so I took off the thick school polo until I got to campus and stop being sweaty. As soon as I walked into building they rounded up everyone that was late that day because a lot of people were still in halls after first period bell. They decided to make an example out of everyone to warn the other students.

I never had been in any trouble ever at school and had good grades. I was in the biotech special classes called (IB) and wanted to attend an Ivy League. I cried and beg them not to suspend me because a suspension would look bad for colleges. They turned my original 1 day into a week for “theatrics”/“causing a scene”.

After that I stop caring as much about school. I felt like my chances of getting into a top school were ruined. I did end up going to college finally though but at 23 after years of being talked down to by people not smarter than me while working minimal wage jobs. I graduated with a 3.73 gpa in biological engineering. But I always wonder what would have happened had I just made that bus that day. How much further along in life I could have been. I’m definitely not blameless in how I handled the situation after but at 15 my thought processes weren’t perfect, one bad moment felt like my life was over at the time.

Author — Frenchie Woo