It’s no secret that in far too many communities across the country, the lives of Black girls STILL don’t matter. School and community investments fail to address the unique challenges Black girls face due to their race, gender and sexual identity. In many ways, Miami, Florida is no different. In Miami-Dade County, Black girls face harsher discipline in school and in the juvenile justice system. Their criminalization, trauma, and mental health needs are consistently erased from public discourses on education and mass incarceration. Too often, they lack access to critical sexual and mental health supports, especially…
What students need in this moment are counselors and mental health professionals, comprehensive sex education and restorative justice programming. Not police and practices that further calcify the school-to-prison pipeline.
The OCR data confirms what the community has long assessed; there is a war on Black youth through increased police presence and occupation of their schools.
There is a fundamental mismatch between the nurturing school climate students need to learn and grow, and the culture of policing, a culture primarily tasked with law enforcement.
Schools should be a safe place for learning and growth for all children. This can’t happen until officers are taken out of schools.
The district continues to suspend, expel, and arrest Black students and students with disabilities at disproportionate rates.
Alexandria’s discipline policy unfortunately mirrors policies nationally that disproportionately push students of color out of school and into prison.