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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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Studying Urban School Discipline

Studying Urban School Discipline

A Bronx Tale

(p.1) Introduction Studying Urban School Discipline
Police in the Hallways

Kathleen Nolan

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter discusses the rise of police involvement within urban schools, especially within the “rough” schools that are generally attended by marginalized groups. The author has observed that the urban school environment has become disturbingly similar to that of a prison, a fact that the students she has interviewed throughout the particular Bronx school she has based her research on—herein indicated as “Urban Public High School”(UPHS)— have illustrated in their daily lives. Even the faculty and administrators working within the UPHS generally complain about the lack of resources and the under preparedness of the students, all of which contribute to an already troubled learning environment, despite (or perhaps because of) the school officials being generally cooperative of police presence. This study takes into account not only the perspectives of the school personnel and the police, but also the oft-neglected experiences of the students themselves.

Keywords:   police involvement, urban school environment, Bronx, police presence, student experiences, marginalized groups, Urban Public High School

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