Facts about the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences are rampant in American society. Add in racial, ethnic, gender and cultural biases to already vulnerable childhoods, and the severity, exposure, and symptoms of that trauma become readily visible in children’s behavior and their social relationships or lack thereof.
Too often the response—particularly for students identified as poor, of color, immigrant, and disabled students—results in discrimination, criminalization and exclusion.
This culture of marginalizing and policing vulnerable students is pervasive in the education and criminal justice systems and has ultimately built what is largely referred to as the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Many of these children come from impoverished communities and have experienced abuse or neglect. These children are most in need of trauma informed practices and environments including schools. Instead they are targeted, punished, and pushed out.