Annette Fuentes is an American journalist who writes regularly on health and social policy for The New York Times, The Nation the Village Voice, The Progressive, and In These Times, where she is a contributing editor.
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There are smarter, more effective ways to deal with an obstinate teenager than using force, when I see what happened in South Carolina, I wonder what the teacher was thinking. Was he or she empowered to handle that on their own? Do they need more training? We should give any teacher the training they need. They are the ones who should control their classrooms.
– Annette Fuentes
Found on CNN2 years ago
This is the environment that has slowly been building for years, we have gone from viewing pushing and shoving in hallways as mischievous to being criminal acts.
The kids who were criminalized were overwhelmingly black and Latino students, what is clear is that kids who are punished disproportionately to their violation of school codes are more likely to drop out. Kids who are suspended are more likely to because drop outs. That means the risk of that kid growing up and falling into real criminal behavior is real.
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