At one point or another during our time as school children, each of us has been in detention or at least knew what detention was. It’s usually a classroom where we sit and do homework or be bored while recess is underway. Not so for students in Meridian, Mississippi.
Students in Meridian, especially African-American and disabled children, face the prospect of prison time for even the silliest infraction. As it turns out, the Department of Justice has been investigating the school system in the city for allegedly having students arrested and placed in juvenile detention. School principals and teachers punish students for infractions such as passing gas, dressing in an unacceptable manner, general disrespect, and swearing.
Mississippi has been well known for a while for it’s roll in the US school to prison pipeline.