Gupta-Kagan: Let school officials handle discipline, police handle threats

-THE STATE, 2 NOVEMBER 2015, FEAT. PROF. JOSH GUPTA-KAGAN:

The now-infamous videos from Spring Valley High School led quickly to modest action: The sheriff fired the officer, and the school district has promised improved training to avoid the unnecessary use of force in school discipline.

These are welcome first steps, but authorities must answer more fundamental questions if this incident is going to lead to more significant improvements for S.C. children: Why was a police officer involved in a routine classroom discipline situation in the first place? Why was adolescent disobedience — the child refused educators’ instructions to leave the classroom — treated as a crime? <Read More>