Everyone knows that Baltimore's homicide rate skyrocketed in 2015. Gang rivalries, territorial drug disputes between dealers, fallout after Freddie Gray, poverty, poor education, distrust of the police force, increased supply of guns on the street — these are just some of the reasons given for the dramatic upsurge in killings. But little has been offered in the way of solutions.
The moment she stepped off the school bus on Wednesday, Jesola Pierre said, a teacher was pointing at her and a friend. “These two,” the teacher said, Pierre recalled in an interview with a Florida news station.
Poor, black and Hispanic children are becoming increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in the nation’s public schools, according to new federal data showing that the number of high-poverty schools serving primarily black and brown students more than doubled between 2001 and 2014.
Metropolitan Congregations United is calling for police, school and juvenile court reform in St. Louis to reduce the disproportionate number of black children suspended from school and placed in juvenile detention.