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Plantation Mentality: Dozens of 4- and 5-year-olds suspended from New York City schools

Nov 17, 2012 by

Nine city elementary schools doled out at least 10 suspensions to 4- and 5-year-olds last school year, data released Friday shows.

They’re just out of preschool, but that doesn’t stop some city schools from bringing down the hammer.

Nine city elementary schools doled out at least 10 suspensions to 4- and 5-year-olds last school year, data released Friday shows.

Among them was Public School 189 in Manhattan, which handed out a stunning 19 suspensions to 4-year-olds.

“That is so unfair for those kids,” said Josephine Aspha, mother of PS 189 second-grader, noting she wished the school had a proper way of intervening to correct kids’ behavior.

“I witnessed teachers and staff yelling at other kids [on a recent day]. I understand kids can be kids, but it was kind of chaotic.”

Discipline problems at the school last year included a possible incident involving kindergartners exposing themselves to classmates, Aspha said.

“It’s hard to fathom any reason why nineteen 4-year-olds would be suspended from school by a competent educational system,” New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman said, noting the city’s suspension policies hit minority and special education students hardest.

“These are statistics that have failure written all over them.”

via Dozens of 4- and 5-year-olds suspended from New York City schools last year – NY Daily News.

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