Torture in our Schools?

14 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2022 Last revised: 17 Aug 2022

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Leila N. Sadat

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law; Yale Law School

Date Written: February 8, 2022


The United States is failing to uphold its international obligation to prevent ill-treatment under Article 16 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and customary international law by focusing on policies that protect the rights of gun owners in response to gun violence in schools. Instead of adopting reasonable gun safety laws including universal background checks and reasonable restrictions on gun ownership, the United States has attempted to mitigate school shootings by staging school shooter simulations and subjecting students to metal detectors, mandatory identification badges, and clear backpack rules. The failure of these policies has significantly and deleteriously impacted the emotional well-being of America’s schoolchildren and amounts to a violation of their human rights.

Keywords: torture, ill-treatment, second amendment, guns, human rights, education, children, United Nations

Suggested Citation

Sadat, Leila N., Torture in our Schools? (February 8, 2022). 135 Harv. L. Rev. 512, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-02-02, Available at SSRN:

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