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Twenty-five students arrested in lunchroom food fight

Chicago school incident sparks the question: are schools over-policed by police?


 

The arrest of 25 Chicago middle school students for participating in a lunchroom food fight last week has parents questioning whether police presence in schools resulted in the criminalization of age-old adolescent pranks, and also whether there will be a lasting legal and psychological impact, the New York Times reports. The students, aged 11 to 15, were rounded up, handcuffed, put in a police wagon, had prints taken and charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor. They were also suspended for two days from the Calumet middle-school campus of Perspectives Charter Schools. If the charges are not thrown out when the students go before a judge this month, the paper reports, the accused will most likely be sentenced to community service or probation. Since they are juveniles, their records would remain confidential until adulthood—17 under Illinois law—at which point the arrests would be expunged.

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Twenty-five students arrested in lunchroom food fight

  1. Reminds one of Mel Brooks's line in the movie Blazing Saddles, "we've got to protect our phoney, baloney jobs."

  2. An 11 year old child likely hasn't even reached puberty yet… handcuffed and fingerprinted… FOR A FOOD FIGHT?

    The USA must be so proud!

    Justice for all…

  3. I wonder what the equivalent mandatory sentence would be under the CONservative policy would be….

  4. I recommend starting a national registry for all hotdogs, french fries, and cupcakes. You never know when they'll turn up as weapons at a crime scene like this.

  5. i am outraged at this i am 15 years old taking a buisness and law class and can not believe a food fight wouild land these kids in jail you see movies all the time showing food fights where the worst that happened was a detetion but know you hear about kids being put in detention centers. i hope all of these kids are cleared of the charges and can go on with their lives. “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice…”

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