Lessons from South Carolina

Finn Gardiner writes that “zero tolerance” policies disproportionately affect students of color, disabled students, and especially disabled students of color. Spurred by a violent altercation between a school resource officer and a Black student in 2015, South Carolina‚Äôs Department of Education introduced guidelines in the Safe Schools Taskforce Report in 2016 to reduce the likelihood … Continue ReadingLessons from South Carolina

Disability, Trauma, and the Assault at Spring Valley High

Ever since watching the terrible video of a student being pulled from her desk and thrown to the ground, I’ve been waiting to learn how disability intersected with this case. I assumed it would, because the data shows that the two groups most vulnerable to violence at the hands of school authorities are people of … Continue ReadingDisability, Trauma, and the Assault at Spring Valley High