A coalition of youth and juvenile-justice advocates has called on Baltimore’s school system to refrain from suspending or expelling teenagers arrested during the recent rioting there.
In the days after the civil unrest, schools CEO Gregory Thornton said students who had taken part in the incidents would face consequences.
A coalition that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the Maryland Disability Law Center, Advocates for Children and Youth, and the Office of the Public Defender issued a statement asking the district to employ “restorative practices,” such as community service and anger-management counseling, rather than expulsion.
District officials said they were conducting their “own exploration into any potential violations of the code of conduct.”
A version of this article appeared in the May 20, 2015 edition of Education Week as Group Asks Baltimore Not to Suspend Students