My nephew is half Native American. He was kicked out of school for carrying a box cutter in his pocket that he used at work. There is a zero tolerance policy, so even though he had only a few months left before graduation, he wasn’t just suspended, he was kicked out. His life hasn’t been the same since.
I thought of my nephew when I heard that Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school. Why is it so easy to show them the door for mistakes that used to be part of learning? Would things have turned out differently if they had still been in school? I wonder…