Fairness in Punishment

TitleFairness in Punishment
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn 1999, a fight broke out in the stands during a football game at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Illinois. The fight involved no weapons, and no one was seriously injured. As the fight was caught on videotape, six students who had taken part in the fight (all African American) were suspended. Shortly thereafter, the Eisenhower School Board, implementing a "no tolerance policy on school violence" that had been adopted earlier in 1998, decided to expel the six students for two years. In other school districts, a two year expulsion only happens in the most grave kinds of disciplinary infractions. Reverend Jesse Jackson and other members of the Push/Rainbow Coalition which he leads, lead a campaign to try and reverse this decision. In 2000, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Push/Rainbow Coalition protesting the expulsion of the six students, a federal judge in Urbana, Illinois issued a decision that upheld in every respect the action taken by the Decatur School board.
NotesCase from the Fifth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000. http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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