A San Mateo police officer's use of pepper spray on a 7-year-old boy likely will cost the city $55,000 and revealed the absence of a policy within the department for how the substance should be used.
The city agreed to a $55,000 settlement last week with the family of the boy, a special education student who was enrolled at George Hall School. The family also sued two county agencies and the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District over the June 2010 incident, which occurred when the boy's teachers called the police to bring him under control.
For the record, I've lived in Texas for essentially my entire life and have never heard of this. I don't have kids myself, but a sizable portion of my friends, coworkers, and acquaintances have children in the public school system.
Not saying this doesn't happen, as it obviously does...but this article makes it sound disturbingly commonplace here. It isn't.
In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 "Class C misdemeanour" tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.
Maybe if you're wasting "half the class" with dealing with one problematic child you're a shitty teacher, Einstein.
300k. That's 300 thousand citations for 856,061 students. Or about 1 citation for every 2.85 students. Sounds pretty common to me.
OK, so "close to" 300,000 in a year. Let's say it's really 300,000. Texas schools boast a total statewide student population of 4.5 million. Assuming that we're ticketing 300,000 unique kids (and we're sure as hell NOT, as any teacher will tell you it's the repeat offenders making up a huge portion of these tickets), we're talking about 6 percent of the student population getting the equivalent of a jaywalking ticket each year. -- Cool Papa Bell
This is not the fault of police. It's the fault of the citizens of Texas. -- Cool Papa Bell
2) To arrive at 6 percent, we're assuming an equal distribution of tickets.
Yes, it is a confusing mess. Some of these laws that students supposedly violate are not real laws. They do not exist. It is up to the parent to research the law before that court date, otherwise the student is screwed by the legal system.
A few years ago, the school district tried to put one of my children into the court system because they had one too many absences at the dentist. The school district was totally blind to the fact my child was, (and still is), an honor student that was, (and still is), nationally ranked in the top 5% for academics.
I researched that supposed truancy law. I found out it did not exist in county or state law books. When I confronted the superintendent in front of hundreds of parents at an assembly about this, all she said was, "We're trying to make it a law, so..."
So I told her until then, kiss my ass....
I was in court for a traffic ticket about six months ago (I live in Dallas) and there were TONS of kids there, mostly for offenses like "being disruptive in the classroom". I could hardly believe it. So many teenagers being put in the system before they can even drive, because they were "disruptive". WTF?
I am fresh out of the Texas public educations system and about to finish my fourth year at college. Things were bad when i was a kid in school. I almost didn't get into college because of a truancy charge against me on my senior year. I was fortunate that I had a well off family and a good lawyer but I saw a lot of kids get a week of juvie for something incredibly tiny (like kissing in the hallways) and comeback acting like real criminals. They ended up in jail.
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