Queens Chronicle: Protesting School Suspension Rates

Students, parents bring cry for change in discipline to City Hall

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Thu Jun 30, 2011.

by Anna Gustafson, Editor | 0 comments

More than 100 people crowded onto the steps of City Hall earlier this week to protest what they said were skyrocketing suspension rates and urge the city to change the way they discipline students.

“They are using punitive and harsh measures for something as simple as chewing gum, writing on a desk or walking to the bathroom without a pass,” said Roksana Mun, a campaign organizer at the Jackson Heights-based Desis Rising Up and Moving, or DRUM. “It’s literally for these small, petty, minor things that students are getting suspended.

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