Detention, not jail: LA public schools drop 'zero tolerance' policies
Starting this school year, conferences with parents, drug counseling, or interventions at off-site counseling centers will replace court or probation for minor offenses
By Matt Hamilton
August 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools. Under the new policy, police officers at Los Angeles Unified School District won't arrest or cite students for low-level offenses like possessing alcohol or marijuana but will instead refer students to administrators or counselors — a shift that educators and justice officials say will prevent students from becoming mired in the criminal justice system. The decriminalization of student discipline marks the latest rollback to "zero tolerance" policies that were instituted in the 1970s and 1980...
Father of 'Affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating an officer
August 20, 2014
Affluenza A mental condition so maddening that I can barely contain my hatred for it, used by the defense for Tarrant County teen Ethan Couch, who killed four people while drunk driving in June. If you are rich and do something really bad, just complain that it's because the money has rotted your morals. Example: "I didn't know that you had to tip at restaurants. I blame my Affluenza."
The father of a Texas teen who garnered national attention for being afflicted with "affluenza" has been arrested on accusations he impersonated a police officer, according to Dallas media outlets...