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US education orientation for minorities: the school-to-prison pipeline | Sadhbh Walshe

PUBLISHED August 31, 2012

Back in April of this year, a six-year old African-American girl named Salecia Johnson had a temper tantrum at her school, the Creekside Elementary in Milledgeville, Georgia. By all accounts, it was a pretty intense tantrum that involved lots of screaming and crying, and apparently also involved some property damage as the child "was observed biting the door knob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder". So the school principal did what you do when a six year-old loses the plot: she called the police, who duly arrived, handcuffed the "unruly juvenile", and hauled her off to the local adult jail, where she remained in a holding cell until her parents could be reached.

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