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Schools to prison pipeline "crisis" in NHC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Advocates for Justice along with the New Hanover County NAACP hosted a community meeting to discuss the School to Prison Pipeline Saturday afternoon.

A panel of experts discussed the correlation between school suspension and juvenile delinquency, ultimately causing children to end up in prison.  They explained it is a system difficult to escape, once on that path.

Representatives from the NC Advocates for Justice said New Hanover County is in the midst of a socio-economic crisis because of the School to Prison Pipeline.

African Americans are two times more likely to get suspended than their white classmates.  Officials pointed to statistic's that said 1,887 African-American males and 1,055 white males were suspended in 2012-2013 and 928 African-American females and 321 white females were suspended.

"We have children who we are charged with the responsibility to help them and we're failing them," said Geeta Kapur, event organizer with the NC Advocates for Justice, "I hope that people understand even though these aren't your children, it effects you."

Victims of the system also spoke and described the difficulty to make a better life for themselves after getting into trouble. All attendees agreed that Saturday's meeting is the beginning of a long discussion in working toward solving the problem.  

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