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There were more than 11,800 school suspensions last year with black student making up 63% of them.

According to a school year end report the amount of suspensions were up 6% in 2014-2015 but while black student make up less than a quarter of all Wake County students they accounted for 63% of last year’s suspensions. While white students make up 16% and Hispanics 15%.

With this new data Wake County school board is discussing the disparities of the outcome.

This year, for the first time, information was released about how many students end up in the court system after getting in trouble at school. Between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, 850 students were referred to the court system and 69 percent of those students were black. In contrast, 22 percent of students referred to the courts were white and 8 percent were Hispanic.

According to the report, the odds of being arrested for fighting were 1.6 times higher for black students as compared to other students. The odds of a black student being arrested for theft was 1.7 times higher, the report said.




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