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    Did anyone see this????
    cctom

    Kyle Thompson is a normal 14-year-old kid who loves playing
    football and hanging out with his friends. His coach is his
    biggest fan. His principal says hed love to have an entire
    school filled with students like Kyle.

    So why on earth was Kyle led from school in handcuffs,
    expelled from all state public schools and placed under
    house arrest?

    Because of Michigans so-called zero-tolerance policy
    that criminalizes our kids by turning minor issues into
    criminal offenses.

    Kyles teacher wanted to see a note he had written, and
    when she playfully tried to take it from him, he tried to
    hold on to it. Even though all the witness statements said
    that the teacher was joking around and Kyle didnt act
    aggressively, the day ended with Kyle under arrest.

    Kyles story exposes the injustice of Michigans zero-
    tolerance policies, and we're going to spark a change with
    a massive petition to the state legislature.

    Will you stand up for Kyle and sign the petition demanding
    that Michigan reform its failed zero-tolerance policies
    that criminalize students like him for minor infractions?

    Sadly, Kyles story is not unique. Countless young
    students across the country are treated the sameand even
    worsebecause of a zero-tolerance approach to school
    discipline that is spreading throughout the U.S.

    It takes kids out of the education system and funnels them
    into the criminal justice system because of a single, small
    infraction. There, they can look forward to a life of
    neglect and lost opportunity, as it can be impossible to
    find new schools or attend college once their records are
    tainted.

    And because of documented bias in the application of
    justice, these policies often hit students of color the
    hardest. In Kyles case, his school says it was prevented
    from handling punishment differently, stating: The issue
    raised in this petition presents an opportunity for
    citizens to examine zero tolerance laws in Michigan

    So this doesnt have to be the end of Kyles story, or the
    stories of thousands of students just like him. With enough
    public pressure, we can push Michigan to change their ill-
    conceived zero-tolerance law and set an example for
    states to prioritize educating, not imprisoning, our young
    students.

    Sign the petition now calling on the Michigan Legislature
    to reform zero-tolerance laws and keep students like Kyle
    in school and out of jail.

    Thank you,

    Anthony for the ACLU Action team