Suspending, expelling students can hurt in long run

February 26, 2013 5:33:26 AM PST
Zero tolerance punishment policies at schools are not having the desired effect, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Suspending or expelling a child from school should be a rare last resort and not a routine punishment for bullying, drug use or other problems, the organization said.

Students who are suspended or expelled are more likely to never get a high school diploma, end up in the juvenile justice system or never get a job at all, according to a new study in the journal "Pediatrics".