I’d love to hear the 911 call for the water balloon fight. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so disturbing.

Is there supposed to be a straight line from playground to prison?

The water balloon incident happened in May 2013

When police were called to get kids to stop throwing water balloons at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, seven kids got charged with misdemeanors: Six for disorderly conduct and the seventh for assault and battery after throwing a water balloon at a school security officer. A parent who protested was arrested.

Alarmingly, cops being called on kids in school isn't as unusual as you might think. The days of just going to the principal's office — and that's it — are over in some schools.



School administrators around the U.S. are getting tougher with misbehaving kids, meting out suspensions, expulsions, and even arrests.

The evidence suggests that these punishments are having a terrible lifelong impact on the students.

It puts them into the so-called "school-to prison pipeline."

It's not even like the schools are necessarily going after kids for serious things, either.

95% of out-of-school suspensions are for non-violent misbehaviors.


The dangerous result is that every one of these kids gets the message:


Once that happens, it's a slippery slope.


  • Kids who get sent to juvenile detention centers are 67% more likely to be back in jail by the time they're 25.

Certain groups receive the bulk of the discipline, making this even more troubling.

Wade County, North Carolina, has one of the most active school-to-prison pipelines. In that school, 40% of black kids caught with cellphones were suspended while only 17% of the white kids caught were punished with suspension.

Only 29% of public school kids are black and Latino, and yet they receive 70% of the in-school arrests.

Special needs students are often caught up in this, too.

32% of the kids in juvenile detention centers are special needs kids.

They're often sent there for their special-needs behaviors.

Are all schools involved in this?

Thankfully, no.

But as America tries to improve its education system — and as administrators try to deal with behavior challenges — the school-to-prison pipeline makes it clear that too often kids are being set up for a dark, hopeless future. There must be a better way to deal with kids acting out. For now, the school-to-prison pipeline is one of the reasons the U.S. jails more people than any other country.

Here's Brave New Films' explanation of the school-to-prison pipeline:

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I'm staring at my screen watching the President of the United States speak before a stadium full of people in North Carolina. He launches into a lie-laced attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and the crowd boos. Soon they start chanting, "Send her back! Send her back! Send her back!"

The President does nothing. Says nothing. He just stands there and waits for the crowd to finish their outburst.

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My mind flashes to another President of the United States speaking to a stadium full of people in North Carolina in 2016. A heckler in the crowd—an old man in uniform holding up a TRUMP sign—starts shouting, disrupting the speech. The crowd boos. Soon they start chanting, "Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!"

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What will future generations never believe that we tolerated in 2019?

Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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