05.15.2019

Pushed out and punished: One woman's story shows how systems are failing black girls

Pushed out and punished: One woman's story shows how systems are failing black girls Photo Courtesy USA Today

In interviews conducted by USA TODAY with more than two dozen researchers, academics, educators, juvenile justice advocates, legal experts and black girls, the same message percolated again and again: 

Black girls are being criminalized at alarming rates. They are hobbled by negative societal stereotypes that stretch back to slavery. By educators, counselors, caseworkers and judges who fail to address their trauma and emotional needs. By school discipline policies that push black girls out of school and punish them more often and more harshly than their white peers.

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