6 Ridiculous Reasons Black Students Have Been Suspended From School

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For Talking Back at the Teacher – Willful Defiance

Willful defiance is a phenomenon imperiling the academic achievement of minority students, particularly African-Americans. Five years ago, Damien Valentine, a John Muir Middle School student in South Central Los Angeles at the time, was suspended and sent home for a day and a half for refusing to change his seat because he was talking. He was only in the seventh grade.

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For Wearing Neon Shoes

Canton High School in Mississippi suspended close to 100 students on the first day of the new school year in 2012 after sporting neon-colored shoes, neon shoe strings and other “gang-related” colors.

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