NAACP holds town hall forum to address “School to Prison Pipeline”

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP wants to end what leaders call the school to prison pipeline.
     That was the main topic at Tuesday night’s Town Hall meeting.
     Speakers talked about discipline policies like zero-tolerance, suspensions and expulsions and their effects on African-American students.
    NAACP President Dr. Elenora Woods explained, "We start studying in what is some of the issues that these children have in common? And, there’s a lot of theories out there, one is poverty, one is a lack of things at home that the child may be missing, and there’s a whole lot of things, the environment itself, where they live and you know that crime rates have risen in our predominantly African-American communities, they’re toxic, I’ve used that word before."
     The town hall also addressed a lack of essential school personnel when it comes to restorative justice.
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