By James Cersonsky - June 19, 2013
School police are the bedrock of the school-to-prison pipeline, a system that levies harsh punishments for nonviolent behavior and, despite scant evidence of greater infraction, funnels disproportionate numbers of black and Latino students out of school and into court...The commotion over school safety has also opened space for youth organizers to push the conversation in the opposite direction.
By Steven Hsieh - May 30, 2013
New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.”
By JEFF ARMSTRONG - May 29, 2013
In April, a grassroots movement led by Lakota grandmothers toured the country to build support for a formal complaint of genocide against the United States government and its constituent states. Though temporarily overturned, the recent conviction of Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous Guatemalans should give US officials...pause before dismissing the UN petition as a feeble symbolic gesture.
The Continued Struggle for Educational Access by the Afrikan Community: In Solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme
The Network for Pan-Afrikan Solidarity (NPAS) stands firmly in solidarity with the Transitional Year Programme (TYP) and the Transitional Year Programme Preservation Alliance (TYPPA). The University of Toronto has been imposing conditions on the TYP that are not beneficial to the success of the program or the well-being of the students the program serves. We call on people of good conscience to support the TYP in resisting a restructuring plan that would dilute or destroy the culture and practice of equity and excellence in education that the TYP has carefully built over the last 43 years!
By Irit Shimrat - The Networker
Kids on Ritalin and similar drugs have been found to be 10 times more likely to perform below age level in school. Apart from increased [Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] symptoms, they suffered from elevated blood pressure, motor abnormalities, liver disorder, tics, mania, [Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder] and paranoia and psychosis...Moreover, treating kids with stimulants sets them up for mood swings...["]He is diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder (BAD) and given a drug cocktail. He has begun a career as a mental patient."
By Alex Kane - May 7, 2013
A student who was arrested and beaten for falling asleep at school is now suing an Alabama city, its police department and some school employees for civil rights violation, battery and negligent supervision and hiring...[A]fter the diabetic student fell asleep while in a room reserved for “in school suspensions,” a school police officer slammed her face into a cabinet and then arrested her.
By Steven Hsieh - May 1, 2013
A Florida teen with an exemplary record is facing federal charges after conducting what a classmate calls “a science project gone bad”...16-year-old Kiera Wilmot is accused of mixing housing chemicals in a small water bottle at Bartow High School, causing the cap to fly off and produce a bit of smoke. The experiment was conducted outdoors, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.
By Steven Hsieh - April 12, 2013
In Texas, hundreds of thousands of students are winding up in court for committing very serious offenses such as cursing or farting in class. Some of these so-called dangerous criminals...will face arrest and even incarceration, like the honors student who spent a night in jail for skipping class, or the 12-year-old who was arrested for spraying perfume on her neck.
Societies perhaps are best judged by how they treat prisoners, their most disadvantaged and children.
By Alex Kane - April 1, 2013
The number of children and teenagers diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased remarkably over the past decade...The rise in numbers...has led some to say that the increase is due to parent pressure on doctors and a loose definition of the disorder...Two-thirds of those diagnosed take stimulant medication for the disorder like Ritalin and Adderall, which could lead to anxiety, addiction and potentially psychosis.
"I Don’t Want a Dyke in this School:" Teachers and Students Called 16-Year-Old Girl "Freak," "Alien" and "He-She"
By Alyssa Figueroa - March 22, 2013
Within the first three days of enrolling in Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, Destin Holmes, a 16-year-old lesbian, said that teachers called her a “he” instead of “she” which Holmes requested...But that was just the beginning.
By Judd Legum - March 11, 2013
On Saturday night, two undercover police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. According to the police account, the officers approached Gray when he “adjusted his waistband in what the police describe as a suspicious manner”...Although there is no confirmed evidence of wrongdoing by the officers...several witnesses cast doubts on the official version of the incident...
By Patricia J. Williams - February 18, 2013
Drugs are ubiquitous in this country, and yet we know that some people have the privilege of doctor-prescribed intoxication, while others are thrown into dungeons for seeking the same relief. We know that the war on drugs is heavily inflected with Jim Crow–ism, economic inequality, gun culture myths and political opportunism...We divert resources from mental health or rehab, and allocate millions to militarize schools...The result: the war on drugs has metastasized into a war on children.
By Thomas Ponniah - February 13, 2013
As it becomes clearer to business and policy-makers that many of the newest forms of information technology are teaching people to become more distracted, unaware and inefficient...the social and economic value of many new forms of information technology will decline. The significance of the talents of the younger generation will diminish and we will return to a more familiar historical pattern, that is, a gerontocracy...
Woman Complains to Human Rights Commission That Feds Spend Less for Child Welfare Services on Reserves: Harper Government Responds by Spying On Her
By Daphne Bramham - Vancouver Sun
Cindy Blackstock doesn't look or act like a spy or a subversive. But that's the way the Canadian government treats her...Why? Because in 2007, she filed a complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal against the federal government for spending considerably less for child welfare services on Indian reserves than the average province does for off-reserve aboriginal child welfare services.