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Students in Birmingham, Alabama, can be sprayed with pepper spray due to small fights, bad behavior or - shockingly - excessive talking, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports. The civil rights group has now sued the school district and the police chief on behalf of pepper sprayed students and their families.

School isn't prison, and using harsh chemicals on students who are doing something as benign as trash-talking or swearing doesn't teach them good behavior. It just encourages them to see themselves as criminals and fear school - and the adults in charge. 

Tell Birmingham's district that you support this lawsuit and are against the use of chemical weapons on children. Tell them they must drop this policy now.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Superintendent, Birmingham City Schools
    Craig Witherspoon
  • Board of Education Member
    W.J. Maye, Jr.
  • Board of Education Member
    Edward Maddox
  • Board of Education Member
    Virginia Volker
  • Board of Education Member
    Phyllis Wyne
  • Board of Education Member
    Alana Edwards
  • Board of Education Member
    Emanuel Ford
  • Board of Education Member
    Brian Giattina
  • Board of Education Member
    Tyrone Belcher, Sr
  • Board of Education Member
    April Williams


Carol Scott started this petition with a single signature, and now has 418 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.