Youths March Against Detroit Schools' Suspension Policies

Monday, March 25, 2013

But organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and Detroit Youth Voice, an activist group run by young people, say Detroit — and other districts — have zero tolerance suspension policies that no longer target only guns.

The policies are too broad and result in too many unnecessary suspensions for frivolous violations, like not having and ID or not abiding to the dress code, says Youth Voice member Cheyenne Walker, 19, who attends Cody High School Detroit Institute of Technology.

These policies, they claim, contributed to what the ACLU has coined the “school to prison pipeline.”

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