Stigmas and Suspensions

Adolescents are criminalized at alarming rates, especially adolescents of color. Criminalization is the process of treating something or someone like a criminal, or at a criminal status. In his book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys”, author Victor M. Rios conducted a longitudinal study in Oakland by shadowing the lives of minority…

The Silent Battle

Humans are social creatures, i.e. we long for acceptance, success and companionship. This is true for anyone no matter your age, race, gender, economic class or educational level, but it is especially true for individuals between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one (roughly), a period of development that G. Stanley Hall named adolescence.   Adolescence…