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  •  Tonedevil's correction is important... (5+ / 0-)

    She wasn't "suspended" for "smoking weed on campus" or being "in possession of a bottle of Southern Comfort."* This wasn't her second run-in.

    She was expelled and arrested, in spite of an unblemished record and against the protestations of her principal, for a chemical experiment gone awry. One she deliberately performed in vacant area to lessen risks to others. The "explosion" sounds like someone opened a fizzy bottle of champagne:

    She mixed toilet bowl cleaner—essentially colored hydrochloric acid—and balls of aluminum foil in a small water bottle. The top of the bottle blew off with a satisfying bang, and there was even a puff of smoke.
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    Given her statement to police and her choice of location—not the center of the school but the grassy area in the back—it feels to me more like a case of out of control curiosity.
    Link

    We're not asking for special treatment, we're asking for equal treatment. Do  you think a wealthy white girl would have been treated the same way?
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    *For the record, I think the treatment your friend's son faced is silly. And I don't understand the practice of widespread suspensions and/or expulsions---these kids need more supervision, not less.
    But his case is not analogous to Kiera's.

    •  I know they are different circumstances. (1+ / 0-)
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      Rick Aucoin

      But both are related to zero tolerance rules. Like I wrote, it's ridiculous that the authorities are pursuing criminal charges against this girl. And the expulsion is over the top as well. But it is not a racial issue from my perspective. Most likely a white girl would be treated exactly the same.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Fri May 10, 2013 at 10:59:09 AM PDT

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