Tell your legislator: Schools should be safe, encouraging environments for learning, not an on-ramp to a life of arrests and incarceration.
SB21-182 will ensure our children have positive models of constructive criticism, devoid of historical racism, ableism, or the threat of the criminal justice system.
Some statistics on the current system:
From 2014 to 2020, more than 38,000 students were ticketed or arrested in K-12 schools. A majority of these tickets and arrests are for minor incidents, including tobacco or vaping use.
Most of these tickets and arrests were of Colorado’s Black and Latinx students, with Black students being especially overrepresented.
Black students are nearly 3 TIMES more likely to be ticketed or arrested than their white peers.
Students with disabilities are also overrepresented and are 2.5 TIMES more likely to be ticketed or arrested than their peers.
From 2014 to 2020, there were at least 1,739 tickets and arrests of 10 and 11-year-olds in Colorado schools.
If we want to create a better world, we have to show our children what that can look like. Let’s right these historical wrongs and give our students the safe, nurturing surroundings they deserve.
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