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Report: Miss. school discipline too hard on kids

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HOLBROOK MOHR
Associated Press
 
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Civil rights advocates say harsh discipline at many Mississippi schools leads to children being expelled and even incarcerated for minor infractions.
 
The groups say in a joint report that those policies disproportionally affect minorities.
 
The report says the problems are more widespread than just in the city of Meridian, where the U.S. Justice Department has filed a suit claiming officials are running a "school-to-prison pipeline" for minor infractions.
 
The groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, plan to discuss their report at a news conference Thursday.
 
The report says many schools in Mississippi use zero-tolerance policies to lock up students or expel them l for relatively minor infractions.
 
The defendants in the Meridian lawsuit deny the Justice Department's allegations.

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1/17/2013 7:15:05 AM (GMT -5:00)

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