Published Online: July 14, 2014

Records show minority students suspended more

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — State records show that students who identify as a racial minority are more likely to get out-of-school suspensions in Wyoming than whites.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday (http://tinyurl.com/omfqccr ) it analyzed statistics from the Wyoming Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year and found American Indians accounted for 10 percent of the suspensions although they made up just 3 percent of the school population.

Hispanic students accounted for 15 percent of the suspensions but made up 13 percent of school population.

White students made up 80 percent of the school population but received 71 percent of the out-of-school suspensions.

Wyoming Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Linda Burt says there's there's no research that shows minority students misbehave more. She says they are being punished more often and differently.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com


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