As small as detentions and suspensions seem, the reoccurrence of them as punishment are essentially giving kids permission to not be in school. In 2010 more than 3 million students were suspended. 3 million students who were given permission by their school to not be at school. The article exemplifies how suspensions serve the opposite purpose then what they’re intended for. Kids who are forced to stay away from school have their learning interrupted, may be put in an abuse environment at home, or find trouble outside of school where their lives could be threatened. More often than not these punishments are targeted towards students of color, LGBTQ+ community, and low income families. School is supposed to be a safe place where young kids can grow and learn. How are kids supposed to trust their schools and teachers when they’re being targeted and isolated further?

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