Local School Tops Student Arrest List

Local School Tops Student Arrest List

A local school was near the top of list for having the most students arrested, but it is not necessarily a bad thing.
TYRONE, BLAIR COUNTY - A local school was near the top of list for having the most students arrested.

The ACLU just released the report called Beyond Zero Tolerance. It mostly looked at suspension rates. It broke them down, by city and race. It also looked at student arrests. And Tyrone Area School District in Blair County was number two in the state. There were 52 students arrested in the 2011-2012 school year. Of those arrests more than 40 of them were about tobacco. And the district is actually ok with being on the list.

Superintendent Cathy Harlow says they were having a problem with kids using tobacco on school grounds. So they needed to do something to get those numbers down. So the school police officer started arresting and issuing citations to repeat offenders of the no smoking policies.

And it seems to be working. Fewer kids are using tobacco at school. Harlow says that's just one benefit of having a real officer in the school. Students know the officer is there, and she think it deters trouble just having him on scene.
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