November 25, 2013: Steven Zipperman, at left, chief of the Los Angeles School District Police Department [LASPD], has issued a memo to his staff that as of next Sunday, December 1, LASPD's 350 officers "are to refrain from issuing tickets" to student age 12-and-under for fighting, writing on desks and walls, and underage drinking," according to Tanya Abrams in the The LA School Report.
In a growing national effort to reduce harsh discipline tactics that push children into a school-to-prison pipeline, the ...new procedure . could spare middle and elementary school students from being criminalized for common misbehavior.....
The new policy does not, however, apply to the Los Angeles Police Department or L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
Scott Folsom, a member of the Board of Managers, Health Commissioner at California State PTA, writing yesterday in his blog 4LAKids: Some of the News That Doesn't Fit, includes the full memo written to district superintendent John Deasy from Senior Deputy Superintendent, School Operations, Michelle King on November 18, that outlines the LAUSD's response to a Board of Education May 2013 School Climate Student Bill of Rights resolution.
King's memo (PDF in full] notes: "Generally, incidents that can result in an arrest and booking under Penal Code 242 or 243.2, for a fight on campus between two or more students, will be referred directly to an agency that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the LASPD to provide mediation, Restorative Justice, conflict resolution, or other approved diversion programs."
Previously reported on the topic of restorative justice, discipline, and the recent data on inequitable administration of justice in California's public schools.