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Are students suspended regularly at your school? Do you think they deserved it? Are there more effective alternatives? Explain using examples from your school.
While suspension and expulsion may sometimes be necessary to maintain order and protect student and campus safety, did you ever think that some punishments don't fit the crime?
That is what UCLA researchers found in a study where California public schools issued over 700,000 suspensions last year alone. Many of the cases were of minor offenses like talking back to the teacher or class disruptions. And an overwhelming majority of the students who were suspended were either black or Latino.
There are 34 different “crimes” (called infractions) in California that warrant expulsion or suspension for students. They range from smoking, fighting, drug use, vulgarity, obscenity, defiance, possession of weapons and the list goes on. Some of these are relatively minor offenses and some are more serious. Schools have a variety of policies in place to determine these infractions. Some are clearer than others.