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Suspending, expelling students can hurt in long run

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Zero tolerance punishment policies at schools are not having the desired effect, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Suspending or expelling a child from school should be a rare last resort and not a routine punishment for bullying, drug use or other problems, the organization said.

Students who are suspended or expelled are more likely to never get a high school diploma, end up in the juvenile justice system or never get a job at all, according to a new study in the journal "Pediatrics".

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