Education: Turn Them Out

In the wake of a fresh wave of teenage violence, culminating in the suicide of a distraught Brooklyn junior high school principal (TIME, Feb. 10), the New York City Board of Education at last decided to crack down on the hoods in its classrooms. "To protect the innocent," it ruled last week, any pupil "charged with a violation of law involving violence or insubordination" would be suspended. The very next day the city's elementary, junior highs and vocational high schools suspended 544 troublemakers, and the academic high schools about 100 more.

The suspended were not just hooky-players and teacher-sassers. Many of them...

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