Texas Chief Justice: Ticketing Students Criminalizes Them

Seeking reforms of school discipline policy


Remember when acting out at school would get you detention? Now, state leaders say the same actions are landing to many Texas children in front of judges.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson says schools across the state are putting kids in the court system far too early. "An estimated 300,00 misdemeanor tickets are issued in our state schools each year," the judge said. "We are criminalizing our children for non-violent offenses."