The Problem

Sarah, a student with disabilities, was 12 years old when she was being bullied and taunted by students who said she smelled. When she sprayed perfume on her neck, Sarah was taken out of class, suspended and charged with a criminal misdemeanor.

The Solution

In schools around the country, “zero-tolerance policies” lead to suspensions and in-school arrests for minor misconduct. The facts are clear: The presence of law enforcement in schools actually makes schools less safe and drives students out of education and into the criminal justice system.

Meet with your principal and encourage them to sign the Safer Schools Pledge, which says that they won’t involve law enforcement for minor infractions. Want personal help? Email Pilar (, our anti-discrimination specialist.

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