All schools have discipline policies to keep students and teachers safe. But sometimes schools get so focused on being tough they lose sight of being fair.
My son started high school where administrators clearly weren't prepared for minority and lower-income students. Instead of getting to know the kids, they tried to corral them. Students who swore in class got suspended for a day. Talking back, two days. Every infraction had a stiff automatic consequence.
"Bad" kids couldn't be helped, only controlled. It was the easy way out.
Unfortunately, my son was making bad choices with marijuana.
In the hallways, he got his pockets checked by police. They even smelled his fingertips. He started to act out. He got suspended. I was frustrated. I thought: Mentor him, don't marginalize him.