It is a disservice to black girls to suggest that only black boys are adversely impacted by racial disparities in our schools. Too often, we see over-policed and under-protected girls of color experiencing discriminatory punitive actions, resulting in a disproportionately high rate of suspensions and expulsions.

What happened at Spring Valley High School is a prime example of how calling on police to enforce teacher directives can unnecessarily escalate matters. The U.S. Justice Department says that police involvement in everyday discipline matters leads to “inappropriate student referrals to law enforcement.”

External URL: http://www.thestate.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article64828152.html#storylink=cpy

Source: The State