Virginia tops nation in sending students to cops, courts: Where does your state rank? How kicking a trash can became criminal for a 6th grader (April 10, 2015)

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Kayleb Moon-Robinson —who is diagnosed as autistic— had barely started sixth grade last fall in Lynchburg, Virginia, when a school resource officer filed charges against him. Kayleb was charged with disorderly conduct for kicking over a trash can and then with felony assault on a police officer because he struggled to break free when the cop grabbed him. The Center for Public Integrity analyzed national data and found that Virginia schools refer more students to law enforcement than other states, and that nationally schools refer black and special-needs kids to cops and courts disproportionately. 

 

Tag(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder Behavior Challenging Behavior Middle School