Demoralized and disconnected: Black girls are being pushed out of schools. Here's how


December 31, 2019

Temper tantrums, acting out, shutting down. They’re phrases every parent and teacher should know well as common, childish behavior. There’s a reason we don’t expect adolescents to behave like adults: Their minds aren’t yet up to the task.

So, when 16-year-old Ashlynn Avery fell asleep at her desk while reading a book in a Hoover High School classroom, the reaction that ensued was inexplicable. The teen who suffers from a combination of diabetes, sleep apnea and asthma, was shoved into a filing cabinet and handcuffed by a school resource officer. The officer then called the police.


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