Last week, Julianne Hing reported a shocking story about students as young as 10 years old being thrown in jail for minor infractions at school—including dress code violations—in Meridian, Miss. She reports:
In Meridian, when schools want to discipline children, they call the police. Arrests happen automatically, regardless of whether the police officer knows exactly what kind of offense the child has committed or whether that offense is even worthy of an arrest. The police department’s policy is to arrest all children referred to the agency.
Original article posted in Colorlines on December 3, 2012 and written by Nia King.