Printed in the Republican 2019

Carrie Writes
Carrie Barrepski

A high school in Arizona has issued ID badges for students to wear around their necks. But some students are also being required to wear red badges that reflect low grades.
Students have been experiencing bullying, public ridicule and shame. Many of these students are referred to as stupid or problem kids because of the badge. Many often receive less instruction from teachers because they give the impression that they are unteachable. Learning disabilities, along with others, can be a cause of a student not attaining higher grades. These badges can cause a lot of anxiety in the students’ lives.
The American Civil Liberties Union has said that the badges violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA) a federal law that protects a student’s privacy. The ACLU also states that the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that guarantee equality were also violated.
The school claims that its actions are law abiding because the FERPA allows the release of directory information, unless opted out by the student’s family.
Labeling is one of the main causes of stereotyping. It allows misconceptions to be assigned without knowing the whole story. Instead, the school should be empowering students to embrace their differences and not compare with one another. We all have our own unique characteristics and strengths that empower us to overcome any obstacle.

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