Starting Dec. 1, elementary and some middle school students in the LAUSD will no longer receive police citations for most acts of misbehavior.
The Daily News reports that according to the new policy, Los Angeles School Police will no longer write criminal citations for infractions such as fighting and writing on desks.
Instead the officers will turn students over to school officials for campus-based punishment that is more in line with their age and the nature of the violations.
Supporters of this move are also pushing to have it expanded to the middle schools, so that 13 and 14-year-olds won't be introduced to the penal system at such an early age.
LAUSD Police Chief Steven Zipperman is requesting that school-based officers to look at misbehavior of students under the age of 13 as a teaching opportunity rather than a reason to hand out citations that could discourage them from attending class altogether.
WE ALSO SPOKE TO AN ORGANIZER BEHIND THIS EFFORT...
Ashley Franklin, an organizer for the Labor Community Strategy Center, spoke with us about the importance of this policy change and how it will affect the future generation. For more info about the center's efforts, click on the link below.