In California, there exists a process known as the “school to prison pipeline,” which essentially depicts the fallout of a school suspension and the effects such a disciplinary action can have on a young student. After an expulsion, a student may have difficulty getting a job or accepted into a new school, and statistics show these challenges may lead to the individual resorting to criminal activity and eventually prison. Even on a lesser scale, a child can be expelled from an entire district, forcing a longer commute to a new, unfamiliar school. To make things more difficult, California schools employ a “zero tolerance” policy, allowing school officials to suspend or expel a student for rather minor infractions.
Violations of the California Education Code, Section 48900 include the following:
Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, offered, arranged, negotiated to sell, or been under the influence of, a controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
Committed or attempted to commit robbery, extortion or to cause damage to school/private property.
Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property, or knowingly received stolen property.
Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products.
Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
Possessed an imitation firearm (replica so similar as to lead a reasonable person to believe it to be real).
Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual.
Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing.
Engaged in an act of bullying
This long list of possible violations can lead to expulsion for a young student, which can have a large impact on the rest of his or her life. Some of these violations have a low threshold and/or are left to the discretion of the school board, making crucial the need for legal representation at a hearing.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, or their professional license is at risk, contact Attorney Miranda McCroskey for an immediate consultation at (833) 865-6253 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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