School discipline disparities investigated by Georgia state committee

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Georgia Senate committee began looking Thursday into how children are punished and expelled from school. They're also looking at whether race plays a part in school discipline issues.

In Milledgeville, two years ago, a kindergartner was handcuffed at school. Last year in DeKalb County, a child was beaten at middle school. A few months ago, a child was confronted by another child with a knife in Newton County.

In each case, it wasn't just the just the incident, but how the school handled it that angered parents. Either over-reaction – or no punishment at all.

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