Should students be arrested for misdemeanors?

A California county's high rate of juvenile arrests for crimes such as spraying graffiti, fighting and alcohol possession at school is troubling some educators and child advocates, especially since Hispanic teens are disproportionately affected. "Are we criminalizing behavior that in other communities might be OK?" said Dana Bunnett, who directs a child-advocacy group. "When kids get into the system, it is really hard to pull them back out and help them become successful adults."

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