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Bryan Independent School District

Bryan Independent School District’s use of school resource officers to issue criminal sanctions for a range of minor student misbehavior unlawfully impacts African-American students, who are “cited” at a rate four times that of other students, according to a complaint filed by attorneys with Texas Appleseed, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Center for Youth Law.

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This federal civil rights complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), on behalf of African-American students in Bryan Independent School District in Bryan, Texas, who are disproportionately harmed by the district’s policy of issuing Class C misdemeanor tickets for “Disruption of Class” and “Disorderly Conduct-Language” (profanity) as a response to relatively minor misbehavior. Before the advent of campus policing, such behavior was typically handled through school-based interventions—but now children as young as 12 years old are labeled as criminals, simply for engaging in normal teenage and pre-adolescent behavior.

Bryan ISD’s policy results in stark racial disparities. While African-American students comprise less than 25% of the students in Bryan public schools, they received more than half of all Class C tickets issued over the last three school years. African-American students are four times more likely to receive a ticket for “Disruption of Class” or “Disorderly Conduct-Language” (profanity) compared to other students.

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Complaint filed Feb. 20, 2013

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Appendix A. Data responsive to Texas Public Information Act Requests filed by Texas Appleseed with Bryan Independent School District

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