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Police in the HallwaysDiscipline in an Urban High School$
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Kathleen Nolan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675524

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675524.001.0001

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From Policies of Inclusion to Punishment and Exclusion

From Policies of Inclusion to Punishment and Exclusion

How the Police Took Over School Discipline

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(p.19) Chapter 1 From Policies of Inclusion to Punishment and Exclusion
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Police in the Hallways
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Kathleen Nolan

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675524.003.0002

This chapter details the origins of police control within urban schools. There have been a disproportionate number of arrests of children of color—an alarming trend that illustrates the national “zero tolerance” policy of maintaining the social order. This trend is unfortunately not a recent development, as the issue of containing the “dangerous other” became paramount beginning with the latter half of the nineteenth century, during the Industrial Era, when society attempted to address the presence of immigrants within local shores. At first the efforts to contain were relegated to prisons and crime control, but later on that same discrimination eventually took hold of educational institutions, in the form of disorderly, police-controlled, and racially segregated schools where much of the blame can be conveniently laid upon the marginalized student population.

Keywords:   urban schools, zero tolerance, children of color, Industrial Era, immigrants, crime control, racially segregated schools

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