School officials in three states are effectively immune from lawsuits over excessive corporal punishment. A Louisiana mother is asking the Supreme Court to step in.
Police in Schools
Kaia Rolle's ordeal led Florida to raise its minimum age of arrest to 7 years old, but her family and activists say that's not nearly high enough.
Adam Martinez was banned from school property after he criticized the district's decision to hire an officer deemed "ineligible for rehire" by the local sheriff's office.
A demand letter states that the Uvalde school district is infringing on Adam Martinez's First Amendment right to criticize the government.
While city policy dictates that 911 calls should only occur when a student poses a genuine safety threat, parents say it's become a run-of-the-mill disciplinary tactic.
The union "has an outsized impact on working families who have no other choice on where to send their children...that power, combined with a mayor who is essentially a wholly owned subsidiary, would make them a dangerous force," says one former Chicago Public Schools executive.
"We are here because one preschooler pulled down another preschooler's pants," says defense attorney Jason Flores-Williams.
Bradley Bass' case in Colorado says a lot about just how powerful prosecutors are.
Richard Ward's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Pueblo County and five sheriff's office officials over a shooting incident that left him dead.
According to the suit, the officer "acted with malice or in reckless disregard of Jane Doe's federally protected rights."
An appeals court rejected a qualified immunity defense.
In the Bay Area and in Los Angeles County, authorities are quickly learning there's little public will to follow their mandates.
The Spanish text contains inaccurate translations of technical tax language and direct translations of phrases like "school resource officers," which could confuse voters.
New body cam footage shows Ruben Ruiz heading toward the classroom to rescue his wife, but other officers stopped him.
Only you can be relied upon to protect you and your loved ones. Ignore anybody who claims otherwise.
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What happened in Uvalde is part of a pattern, not an aberration.
Robb Elementary didn't need additional cops; it needed the cops on hand to actually do their jobs.
Uvalde Cops Reportedly Tried To Silence the Mom Who Rescued Her Kids and Criticized the Police Response
"She was holding back from sharing her story until now."
While that impulse is understandable, it can lead to policies that do more harm than good.
No hollow promise can replace our attachments to our children, spouses, friends, and our own lives.
"There were 19 officers in there," said a police spokesperson. "In fact, there were plenty of officers to do whatever needed to be done."
Why did it take an hour for the police to stop alleged killer Salvador Ramos?
Don't conflate mass shootings with school shootings.
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Making schools more like prisons would not appreciably decrease violence.
The students' negative COVID tests weren't good enough for school administrators.
The civil liberties group says there's a clear pattern of police misconduct involving schoolchildren.
New Research Says Police in Schools Don't Reduce Shootings but They Do Increase Expulsions and Arrests
While police in schools "do effectively reduce some forms of violence," they intensify the use of school discipline and arrests.
Calling a classmate a racist slur on Snapchat is offensive. It’s also protected speech.
"This is why people need to beat their kids," one officer remarked.
In 28 states, there's no minimum age for arresting kids.
The plan will shift $25 million away from school police and into support services for black students.
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North Carolina Mother Sues School Resource Officer Who Handcuffed and Pinned Her 7-Year-Old Autistic Son
Just the latest in a string of incidents involving school police and children with disabilities
There were four times as many incidents of physical restraint against students the year after Florida doubled the number of police in its schools.
"Our findings suggest that increasing SRO staffing in schools does not improve school safety and that increasing exclusionary responses to school discipline incidents increases the criminalization of school discipline."
His wrists were too small for the cuffs, though.
In other news, Chicago Public Schools will still spend $15 million on school police.
San Francisco and Oakland have moved toward getting police out of its schools, while Chicago and L.A. rejected similar proposals this week.