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LETTER: The answer lies in their upbringing

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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 8:10 pm

Re: “Study finds race gap in school discipline— …Hispanic and black students make up nearly three-quarters of students involved in school-related arrests or cases handed over to the police,” May 2012, Dallas Morning News story.

Activists have questioned why Hispanic and Black students constitute the majority of suspensions, expulsions and school-related arrests. Some cry that it is due to discrimination, but I contend that it is simply due to cultural differences.

Discipline policies are the same in all schools, whether the students are White, Black, Hispanic or Asian. Certain situations warrant detention, and repeat offenses warrant suspension or worse. The difference lies in the students’ upbringing.

Most Black and Hispanic students come from low-income homes where discipline and responsibility aren’t enforced the same way they are in the home of most white students. Minority, low-income students typically aren’t conditioned to understand that if you do certain things, you will get in trouble. They are not trained to follow the rules. Therefore, they comprise the majority of students that receive harsher punishments as they are typically the greatest offenders.

Schools aren’t targeting minority students; minority students are committing offenses and the schools are acting accordingly.

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