Appleseed, Other Justice Groups Say It's Time To Ban Using Tasers, Pepper Spray on Schoolchildren
Only weeks after a student suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of being tased at school, Texas Appleseed is urging the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to adopt a statewide policy that bans the use of pepper spray, stun guns, and Tasers on students by school police officers attempting to restore order in school. We are part of a coalition of seven civil rights and social justice groups seeking this change to protect children.
JOINT LETTER TO TCLE 12.4.2013 PRESS RELEASE 12.5.2013
"This is not an isolated incident. Use of pepper spray and Tasers to break up student fights has sent children to the hospital multiple times in the last five years. This must stop," said Texas Appleseed Deputy Director Deborah Fowler. "School police officers need more training in working with minor children in school settings--and make better use of safer ways to restore order."
31 Days, 31 Ways thatTexas Appleseed Helps
We all know that public policy can seem boring - especially when described through dry, faceless statistics disconnected from our everyday lives. So, for the month of December, Texas Appleseed is putting a human face on the work we do: stories of real people whose lives have been affected by the work that you help make possible. Every day at noon, we'll update our Facebook page and this page with a new story.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5: Bill & May's Story - Keeping Courts Transparent
Bill and May (not their real names), a couple from South Texas, took their consumer lender to court over the fairness of refinancing and retirement of their loan debt, asserting that the lender charged them fees 57 times to refinance a single loan. When the lender attempted to have all court documents sealed, even the hearing testimony, Texas Appleseed decided to weigh in to preserve an open judicial process – a core value of our judicial system. We filed an amicus brief to preserve transparency in the court process and oppose legal maneuvering to undermine it. While the court has yet to rule in the couple's case, it credited our work with influencing its decision to keep the case file open. By fighting for transparency in the courts, Texas Appleseed is helping to keep lenders from hiding their dealings with consumers behind closed doors. READ MORE STORIES OF PEOPLE THAT TEXAS APPLESEED HELPS
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