Essay on The School For Prison Pipeline

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The School to Prison Pipeline is a systemic process usually put into racial and class contexts due to how it disproportionately affects poor students of color. Poor students of color are systematically marginalized and dehumanized, often finding themselves pushed towards deviancy and a criminal lifestyle within the school system. However, the policies and practices that lead to such a pipeline are not exclusive to just poor students of color, but marginalized groups in general. Shannon D. Snapp discusses in "Messy, Butch, and Queer: LGBTQ Youth and the School-to-Prison Pipeline" how lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers, and questioning (LGBTQ) and gender non-conforming youth are pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system with an equal, if not greater, efficiency. The article effectively breaks down the "additional processes that lead to disciplinary disparities for LGBTQ youth" while providing deeply personalized accounts of the "pipeline" experience- being LGBTQ is a one way ticket to prison.
Snapp begins the article with a disclaimer: very little study has been done and "far less is known about the school discipline experiences of LGBTQ youth" in comparison to other youth groups within the "pipeline population". This is partly due to the lack of federal data collected on the matter, and the lack of acknowledgement towards the LGBTQ community and its struggles. With that disclaimer in mind, one particular study and a plethora of personal…

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