BREAKING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

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BREAKING THE
SCHOOL TO
PRISON PIPELINE
BY: Jocelyn Ribeiro
8F Rm. 245
The school to prison pipeline is a
system that starts in school where
they make rules for public safety
that pushes students out of school
and into the criminal justice system.
This pipeline mainly targets youth of
color and youth of disabilities more
then any other youth.
The “Zero Tolerance” Policy is responsible
for this pipeline. These rules state that
anytime a student breaks a rule, they
must be punished. It doesn’t matter if it
was by accident, self defense, or if you
didn’t even know the rule.
Background Info on Pipeline
Consequences For
Youth
• Students can be
suspended from
school for a couple of
days.
• Students can also be
expelled from school.
• They can also be
subjected to school
based arrests.
Contribution to the
pipeline from MCC
• Punishing students
severely for little
things. The
punishment often
doesn’t fit the crime.
• Giving “hearings”
that the
administrators don’t
really listen to each
sides stories. They
just suspend them.
• Not giving students
the help they really
need in getting
caught up in work
after suspension.
Background info on pipeline
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
• Misbehavior:
Talking in class,
being
disrespectful, not
prepared for class(
Not having
materials ready)
• Consequences:
separated from the
class in a isolated
desk or even sent
to another class.
• Misbehavior:
Skipping Class,
leaving room
without
permission, and
causing a
disruption.
• Consequences:
Lunch detentions
or after school
detentions(Days
depending on what
you did)
• Misbehavior:
Vandalism,
bringing
weapons/drugs to
school, fighting,
inappropriate
behaviors.
• Consequences:
Community service
and In-school
suspension( Days
depending on what
you did)
Alternative Discipline System
In my opinion, the “Zero Tolerance” policy shouldn’t
even exist! This policy is one of the main reasons
why students are more likely to drop out or go to
jail. It doesn’t really even teach children a lesson
about the consequences of their actions rather
then punish them and make them less likely to
succeed. It doesn't even give chances for those
who made a mistake for the first time. It just
gives kids punishments and that is what leads
them on the road to destruction. Its almost like
an adult prison, harsh punishments with very
little rehabilitation!
Alternative Discipline System
THE “ZERO TOLERANCE” POLICY
PREVENTING
CHILDREN FROM
BEING PUSHED
OUT OF SCHOOL
NO MORE STUDENTS
BEING “PUSHED-OUT”!
Teachers should have a conference with a student
when they feel that that student is slacking or not
doing as well as they should. In that meeting,
they should ask students how they feel or what's
going on that they are acting that way. Teachers
should also do their part in listening to that
student and what they have to say. They
shouldn’t cut students off because often times
what the student is saying is the truth. Students
shouldn’t be afraid to speak up! If something is
going on don’t be afraid to say something to a
teacher that can help. Just remember its your
education and only you can make it worth it for
yourself!
Communication with Students and
Teachers
THANKS FOR WATCHING
THIS PRESENTATION!
I hope from watching this and learning about this
system, you get a better understanding of it so you
don’t end up getting stuck in this difficult situation.
-
Jocelyn Ribeiro

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