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Zero Tolerance2014

  • 3.7
Why are children as young as five being arrested in schools across the USA? In a misguided attempt to avoid another Columbine, in "zero tolerance’"states like Texas, Florida and California, police forces armed with guns and pepper spray have been patrolling hallways, monitoring playground activity and enforcing classroom discipline. As a result, each year hundreds of thousands of school-age children have been arrested, fined or incarcerated for "offences" such as chewing gum, being late for class or talking back to a teacher. Many are absorbed into the criminal justice system, their records forever tarnished, their future prospects forever diminished. Critics claim that the school cops go too far, that instead of dealing only with genuine criminal behaviour, they have criminalized normal childlike behaviour in a cynical money-making move. Have American schools become a pipeline to prison?

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Depressing statement on whats happened to this country in the last 20 years. Where was all this school violence back in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s,? What has happened. This is a brutal reality check on the times we live in and how horrible our society has deteriorated. Very good doc but sad and disturbing subject matter.

'In MY day, we didn't have violent students. We had violent TEACHERS! We had violent PARENTS!

We were miserable, goddammit, and WE LIKED IT!'

Oh, waaaaaaaaaaaaah......

This documentary is a must see for everyone in America, it shines the light om how abusive our dysfunctional our systems to educate the public have become towards the adults of the future. What is needed is "Zero Tolerance" for teachers who don't know what Public Education is and has to be Who are dumbing the students down and "Leaving Them Behind"