“You can tell because the teacher who just wants to get
paid, if there’s something wrong with you, they won’t
bother asking if you’re OK, or if you need anything.”
In 2014, a 12-year-old girl faced expulsion and criminal charges after writing “hi” on a locker room wall of her Georgia middle school, and a Detroit honors student was suspended for her entire senior year for accidentally bringing a pocketknife to a football game.
In 2013, an 8-year-old girl in Illinois was arrested for acting out, and a 16-year-old girl in Alabama who suffers from diabetes, asthma, and sleep apnea was hit with a book by her teacher after she fell asleep in class. The student was later arrested and hospitalized due to injuries she sustained in her interaction with the police.
Also in 2013, a 16-year-old in Florida was arrested when an experiment she tried on school grounds caused a small explosion, and a 12-year-old girl was threatened with expulsion from an Orlando private school unless she changed the look of her natural hair.
In 2007, a 6-year-old girl was arrested in a Florida classroom for having a tantrum.
Later that year, a 16-year-old girl was arrested in a California school for dropping cake on the floor and failing to pick it up to a school officer’s satisfaction.
In each of these scenarios — and in others across the country — African American girls were on the receiving end of punitive, zero-tolerance policies that subjected them to violence, arrest, suspension and/or expulsion.
It is well-established in the research literature and by educational advocates that there is a link between the use of punitive disciplinary measures and subsequent patterns of criminal supervision and incarceration. Commonly understood as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” This report fills in the gap in research about black girls–and tells a sad, but hopeful story. http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53f20d90e4b0b80451158d8c/t/54dcc1ece4b001c03e323448/1423753708557/AAPF_BlackGirlsMatterReport.pdf