Dangerous & Disruptive or Simply Cutting Class; When Should Schools Kick Kids to the Curb?: An Empirical Study of School Suspension and Due Process Rights

43 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2011 Last revised: 31 Aug 2011

Donald H. Stone

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Linda S. Stone

Towson University - Department of Family Studies & Community Development

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This Article will explore the trends in school violence and the response by various school systems to addressing the challenge. Teachers are becoming the victims of student violence, drugs and weapons are becoming commonplace in our educational settings, and tardiness and absenteeism are constant challenges for an over-burdened school system. The adverse effects of suspending a student from school have far-reaching implications for that student's future employment prospects and higher education aspirations. The duty of the school system to provide alternative education environments for the suspended will also be examined. Finally, the responsibility of parents, through state imposed criminal sanctions, for the violent and delinquent actions of their children will be analyzed to determine if such consequences are effective at reducing this behavior.

Keywords: empirical studies, school violence, educational system, school discipline, teachers, drugs, weapons, school policies, school suspensions, dangerous students, disruptive students, due process rights

JEL Classification: K19, K39, K49, I20, I21, I29

Suggested Citation

Stone, Donald H. and Stone, Linda S., Dangerous & Disruptive or Simply Cutting Class; When Should Schools Kick Kids to the Curb?: An Empirical Study of School Suspension and Due Process Rights (2011). Journal of Law & Family Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 1-42, 2011; University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1874981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1874981

Donald H. Stone (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

Linda S. Stone

Towson University - Department of Family Studies & Community Development ( email )

8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252
United States

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