The Impact of Out-of-School Suspension


Suspension from school does not benefit the suspended student or peers.  Not only is a students who is suspended from school less likely to graduate, but being suspended also increases a student's risk for dropping out of school.  A single 9th grade suspension doubles the risk that a students will drop out of high school.

Research also shows that within 12 months of being suspended from school, a student is 50% more likely to engage in anti-social behavior and 70% more likely to engage in violent behavior.

Out-of-school suspension should be avoided whenever possible.  If a suspension is necessary, it should always be coupled with intense intervention and support.
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