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Children have been jailed for farting in class and wearing the wrong colored clothing

U.S. Accuses Meridian, Mississippi, in First “School-to-Prison Pipeline” Lawsuit.

Already the focus of a longstanding desegregation case, the town of Meridian, Mississippi, is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for policies that have perpetuated a “school-to-prison pipeline.”

The civil rights lawsuit, filed against the city of Meridian, Lauderdale County, judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court, and the state of Mississippi, alleges that officials have systematically ignored the due process rights of juveniles, primarily African-American and disabled ones, violating the Fourth, Fifth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Children have been jailed for committing minor offenses, including school disciplinary infractions such as farting in class and wearing the wrong colored clothing.

The civil complaint followed a seven-month investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern Mississippi.

That probe uncovered numerous illegalities, including children being arrested in school and incarcerated for days at a time without a probable cause hearing. Also, it was revealed that children had made confessions without being read their Miranda rights and having a chance to waive those rights.