If you were closely following the news coming out of Parkland, Florida over the last month – the real news, not the neverending media aggrandizement of students like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez – you may have come across an interesting story detailing why Broward County police and school officials never quite caught on to the lurking danger of shooter Nikolas Cruz. While we do not doubt that a truckload of incompetence helped Cruz get to the point where he was ready to go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and kill 17 students, it was actually a district-wide policy that helped facilitate this tragedy.
That policy had its roots in the Obama Department of Education, and it has spread like wildfire across the country. Essentially, it goes like this: Black and Hispanic students are supposedly punished more often and more severely for the same infractions that white kids get away with. Therefore, school districts are implementing policies that prevent teachers and even principles from administering disciplinary action against these students. If you want to expel a black kid, in some areas, you have to get authorization from the superintendent or the school board first. If you watched Betsy DeVos’s interview on 60 Minutes last week, you’ll recall that she was asked about these policies and her efforts to eradicate them (to the obvious horror of the liberal journalist).
Those policies allowed Cruz to slip under the radar in Broward, which is reason enough that they should be eliminated with extreme prejudice.
Instead, they are continuing to spread.
It may seem like common sense to say that if minority students are being punished more severely than whites for the same “crimes,” something has gone amiss. And we would agree. But this is a myth based on some of the flimsiest research you will ever read. What’s really happening is this: Democrats are looking at statistics that say minorities are referred for suspensions and expulsions at a higher percentage rate than their population. This, in and of ITSELF, is evidence of racism and worthy of top-down interference.
As Katherine Kersten wrote this week, Minnesota schools are getting ready to indulge in this social experiment…and the results will not be pretty:
Brace yourself, parents of Minnesota. Here’s what’s coming soon to a school near you: increased violence, brazen challenges to teachers’ authority and a chaotic environment where learning is an uphill battle. Teachers who try to exert control will find their hands tied, and some kids — no longer accountable for their behavior — will feel free to provoke mischief and mayhem.
If this happens at your school, you’ll be able to thank the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR). In fall 2017, the department sent letters to 43 school districts and charter schools across the state, announcing that the schools are under investigation because their student discipline records suggest that black and Native American students are disciplined at a rate that exceeds their proportion of the student population.
These liberals refuse to consider the possibility that minority students may actually be committing discipline-worthy infractions at the rate indicated by their punishments. No, no. That would mean that white children are better behaved in school, and that’s an admission we simply can’t make. The only other possibility is racism, and therefore it must be addressed with the heavy hand of the law.
We’re all for alternative disciplinary experiments as long as they are grounded in science and not political correctness. But if the answer to “How do we reverse the trend of black students getting suspended?” is: “Stop suspending them,” you are inviting chaos and mayhem.