daily link(s): middle school student arrested for “stealing” a carton of milk in school

 

A middle school student who received free lunch was arrested for petit larceny and disorderly conduct for “stealing” a 65¢ carton of milk – that he had forgotten the 1st time he went though the line and went back for.

Not only was the denial of milk wrong but the family feels that the student was unfairly targeted because he’s a black student.

The student, Ryan Turk, is now a Freshman in high school. The incident happened at the end of last school year and his trial is coming up in November.

Related: Children of color begin experiencing racial bias from teachers as early as pre-school and receive harsher punishments than their white classmates.

Also, GET THE COPS OUT OF SCHOOLS. That’s just assisting the school to prison pipeline, not actually serving as a means to educate and discipline students who get into trouble. Fire cops, hire counselors.

 

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I’m this cat.

[contents: segregation in education, transgender women living in poverty & violence in Detroit,gentrification in Washington DC & San Francisco, evictions,housing ]

 

Me today but with these links.

99-year-old woman facing eviction from her Western Addition apartment – 90-effing-9 years old and bastards served her an eviction notice. The woman has lived in the apartment since the 50’s and was granted a lifetime lease. The building owners claim she isn’t living there but her family insists otherwise.


 

Wealthy Virginia county plans to redistrict high poverty,mostly Hispanic families into separate schools – economic and racial segregation in schools isn’t new but it’s usually more subtle and not so blatantly planned. The board’s argument for the plan is that resources can be focused on these “high need” schools but history and experience contradicts that this will actually happen. Schools with low income students may get more for meals programs but they tend to have less money for quality programming and curriculum


How Detroit is becoming a flashpoint of violence against trans women – I’m tired of people asking me why I talk about transgender people on a blog that’s “supposed to be about poverty”. If you really need a deep explanation, this piece is excellent at explaining how transgender people are kept in a cycle of poverty and subjected to violence.


Mice, bedbugs, broken heaters: What it takes for D.C. to sue a landlord for neglect – The Washington Post – gentrification, ffs.