Tell Birmingham Schools: Don't Pepper Spray Students
  • Petitioned Craig Witherspoon

This petition was delivered to:

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

Tell Birmingham Schools: Don't Pepper Spray Students

    1. Carol Scott
    2. Petition by

      Carol Scott

      San Francisco, CA

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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    • D 1 SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      This is deeply concerning that Birmingham schools in Alabama are using this cruelty on children.

      Whoever allowed this law in the first place should be made to resign.

      This horrible treatment inflicted on children should be stopped immediately.

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