The school-to-prison pipeline refers to a system in which students who could benefit from more care and education are frequently heavily disciplined and dismissed from school, which often leads to them spending time in juvenile detention centers or jail.
Until fall 2013, school police officers in Texas could charge students with Class C misdemeanors and issue citations, or student tickets, for behavior like chewing gum in class, the Texas Tribune reported. Now these officers are not allowed to issue tickets for noncriminal activities.
"We shouldn’t be taking adolescent behavior and criminalizing it," Acevedo told The Huffington Post Tuesday. Over the years, Acevedo said, police officers have "taken the place of what’s traditionally been administrators' duties."