Source: The Baltimore Sun

Use of force in city schools merits scrutiny

This week’s disturbing video of a South Carolina school police officer body slamming a black girl who refused to leave the classroom exposed the consequence of police disciplining students in our nation’s schools (“Since when is classroom backtalk a criminal offense?” Oct. 29). Baltimore’s school system has its own examples of school police using excessive force and arresting students, particularly students of color, for nonviolent offenses. Weeks ago, a school police officer pled guilty to assault charges for walloping a middle school girl with a baton and pepper spraying her peers.

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