Black Students Face More Arrests Than Whites: US
Arne Duncan: Minorities suffer 'harsher discipline'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2012 5:40 PM CST
There's a big racial disparity in school arrests, US data shows.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – African-American students are arrested much more frequently than whites in America's large public schools, according to the government's largest-ever study of the subject. Among school systems with more than 50,000 students, 35% of arrests involved African-Americans, though they represent just 24% of the student body. White students represented 21% of arrests and 31% of the population, the Washington Post reports. Hispanic students accounted for 37% of arrests and 34% of enrollment.

There remains a racial gap in student suspensions and expulsions as well, the data shows. "The sad fact is that minority students across America face much harsher discipline than non-minorities—even within the same school," says Education Secretary Arne Duncan, though he notes that the US isn't "alleging overt discrimination in some or all of these cases." In total, the data covered some 76,000 schools, which saw 96,000 students arrested and 242,000 "referred" to police. Student arrests are a major concern, notes an NAACP rep: "A first-time arrest doubles the chances a student will drop out. A first-time court appearance quadruples them.”

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Mar 11, 2012 8:20 AM CDT
Well they stopped us from owning slaves so we had to create a slave labor force in a legal way... it has been a nice slow transformation but in doing it slowly, people won't realize what has happened but if you look around you will see more and more private prisons who use inmates as labor...
Mar 7, 2012 8:55 AM CST
Amazing ! isn`t it ?
Mar 7, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Only based in my personal experience, I have been robbed 3 times, the first 2 times they were African American young men of ages 13 to 16 with knives, the 3rd time was a Latin man in his 30's with a gun,. I don't hate either of the two groups, some of my very best friends are African American and very good people. when comes to the crime and punisment, maybe would be also fair to mention that if they have the financial resources for a good defense, they go home free or maybe just probation.