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Cases Stir Debate When Teachers Should Call Police

Last updated on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(UNDATED) - A New Mexico teacher asks a 13-year-old girl to stop talking and move her seat. When she refuses, the teacher calls the police, who take the girl away in handcuffs.

That scene was replayed last week in a Georgia elementary school, when a 6-year-old kindergartner was hauled away after throwing books and toys.

The cases are among hundreds fueling a debate over when educators should bring in the police to deal with disruptive students.

Experts say frustrated teachers call in police to deal with minor issues. But other teachers say the police are needed to keep teachers and well behaved students safe.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed over the arrests in Albuquerque schools. In Florida, a bill was proposed this year to restrict police from arresting youngsters for misdemeanors.

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