How America Outlawed Adolescence
The Atlantic
November 8, 2016

“Kenny’s case did not receive much attention from officials because it was not unusual. Her arrest was based on a law against ‘disturbing school,’ a mysterious offense that is routinely levied against South Carolina students. Each year, about 1,200 kids are charged with disturbing school in the state—some for yelling and shoving, others for cursing. (In fact, the girl who was thrown from her desk was charged with disturbing school too, though the public uproar focused on the use of force.) State law makes it a crime to ‘disturb in any way or in any place the students or teachers of any school’ or ‘to act in an obnoxious manner.’ The charge, which has been filed against kids as young as 7, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, is punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.”

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