ACLU asks schools to excuse students involved in Baltimore riots

A coalition of youth and juvenile justice advocates called on the city school system Thursday to refrain from suspending or expelling teenagers arrested in last week’s rioting in Baltimore.

In the days after the melee outside Mondawmin Mall, which sparked rioting in other parts of Baltimore, city schools CEO Gregory Thornton said that students who participated in the incidents would face consequences.

The Coalition to Reform School Discipline — which includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Maryland Disability Law Center, Advocates for Children and Youth, and Office of the Public Defender — issued a joint statement asking the school system to employ “restorative practices,” such as community service and anger management counseling, rather than expulsion…

The ACLU: Now just another far-left organization.

h/t Marvin

  • Martin B

    What’s the point of keeping these rioting parasites in school? They obviously haven’t learned anything and never will.

  • roccolore

    Just for that, I hope rioters burn down the ACLU building.

  • Dana Garcia

    More training of the impressionable youth that establishing yourself as a victim gets rewards.

    Thanks, ACLU!

  • FactsWillOut

    In Canada, in the 70’s, in the Ontario Separate School Board, schools didn’t expel folk unless they were chronically truant or had committed serious crimes on the school grounds.
    A school’s job is to impartially impart an education to the children, regardless of how they behave outside of school.
    That being said, the cops should charge any miscreant they find committing a crime.
    This is just rabble-rousing.

    • kkruger71

      So glad, I was worried I was going to be the only one commenting on here that it is not the schools place to discipline them for stuff that happens outside of school. Punish the ones that skipped school to attend the riots for leaving class yes, but stay out of patrolling what they do off school grounds.
      And yes, the police should come down like a bag of hammers on those that can be identified. Unfortunately they won’t.

      • dukestreet

        I don’t know. When I was a kid,if I got in trouble at school, I got in worse at home. I learned a fine sense of responsibility because I was never let off the hook, regardless of where my misbehavior took place. It seems that with these kids,nobody makes them suffer the consequences of their actions. Fine upstanding adults they won’t be. At least that mother took care of her kid.

        All they are teaching the kids is that nobody who has any responsibility for them, cares about them.

        • kkruger71

          I do get the temptation to want the school to punish them, and am not saying the y shouldn’t be punished, I just don’t want people overstepping their jurisdictions. I don’t want some education bureaucrat policing(punishing) what kids and teenagers do in their private time away from school. If they find out they broke the law they can inform the parents or even the police is it’s serious.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I would make a deal with members of the Coalition. Personally adopt these, er, students into your homes and I will drop all disciplinary actions.

  • Edubeat

    Its really not much different in Ontario schools. Social injustice rallies, pink shirt day marches, ETFO/OSSTF pickets, educrats traveling to distant places on taxpayers’ dime. Just another excuse to miss school What say ye Peel Schools to another diversity training session!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Excellent point.

  • Allan

    False premise. You think those youf go to school???

  • Hard Little Machine

    If it were me I’d shut down all Baltimore schools forever.

    • BillyHW

      Talk about throwing your money into a black hole.

  • Allan

    The ACLU is “now” just another far-left organization??? You better learn your history about the founding of the ACLU. Steeped in communism from the beginning.

  • BillyHW

    Now who wouldn’t want to hire these people?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Because just one more English or History class would have made a difference!
    Any education beyond making sure that they can read and write (and most of them can’t even do that at an appropriate grade level – if at all) is a waste of money.
    Take them to the sixth grade and then cut ’em loose.