SIGN OUR PETITION: TELL MAYOR DE BLASIO: STOP PUSHING US OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
In New York City, in 2016, a student being Black is the biggest indicator of how harshly they are going to be punished in schools. Over the last decade, thousands of students have been pushed into the criminal justice system through arrests and criminal summons for minor infractions that should never lead to schoolchildren being criminalized. The “broken windows” approach to policing Black and Latina/o communities is the same approach used to discipline Black and Latina/o schoolchildren. Last fall, the whole country saw how violent and traumatic this approach to school discipline is when we watched a white police officer brutally attack a young black girl sitting quietly in her classroom. Shakara, the young girl that was attacked, and Niya, the young girl that stood up for her, are still facing criminal charges for “disturbing the school.” Here in New York City, everyday students receive a criminal summons for a similar charge, “disorderly conduct,” which could be everything from refusing an order to leave a classroom to being excessively loud.
Black and Latina/o students account for 94% of all students that are arrested in New York City schools, Black students alone make up 58% of all students that are arrested. Black students are 4 times more likely than white students to be suspended and the racial disparities begin in kindergarten. Black girls are 10 times more likely than white girls to be disciplined in schools. Our school system continues to maintain policies and practices that fail to value all Black Lives.
Please sign our petition and Tell Mayor de Blasio to Stop Pushing Us out of School and Into the Criminal Justice System