Black Student Arrests in Jefferson Decried in New Complaint

Jessica Williams, NOLA, May 8, 2015

African-American students are disproportionately arrested and subjected to discrimination in Jefferson Parish public schools, even moreso now than three years ago, according to a complaint the Southern Poverty Law Center filed Thursday (May 7) on behalf of four black students. The new information is a supplement to the law center’s 2012 complaint, which also accused Jefferson of discrimination.

New data show that in the 2013-14 academic year, black students comprised 80 percent of all school-based arrests and law enforcement referrals, even though they made up only about 42 percent of Jefferson’s enrollment. Three years ago, 76 percent of all arrested students were black, compared to 46 of enrollment.


The Jefferson system is “aware of and . . . very concerned by these allegations,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Branley said Friday. “We pledge to work closely with those agencies involved to quickly resolve any issues that we identify. We are committed to ensuring that our students have a safe, healthy environment and are treated equably at all schools.”

The school system has contracted with the Sheriff’s Office to staff middle and high school campuses and detain, question, search and arrest students when needed, law center attorneys said.

The law center filed its initial complaint with U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, which later launched an investigation. That office has not announced the outcome. The attorneys filed Thursday’s supplement with both that office and the U.S. Justice Department.


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  • Deacon Blue

    I feel like I live in that movie with Bill Murray…”Ground Hog Day?”

    What part of “the f*cking Bantus commit crimes disproportionate to their percentile
    numbers of the general populace?” does this author and many others seem to miss?

    Occam’s Razor anyone?

    • Lexonaut

      For some reason I’m reminded of a James Brown lyrics line …

      “I don’t know karate but I know karazor.”

    • Earl P. Holt III

      It’s NOT you! The Marxists — in all their varieties — wake up to a new day, every day…

  • Luca D.

    How long before they complain that murderers and rapists are disproportionately sent to prison?

    • guest

      Not very long if they’re black.

    • TruthBeTold

      NOTICE how they said ‘African-American students are disproportionately arrested’ and not ‘African-Americans students are disproportionately committing crimes’.

      • John Smith

        Disproportionately guilty too.

      • kikz2

        Truth…….that would fall under the large category of SBPDL or “Stuff Black People Don’t Like”. nice website he has too.

    • kikz2

      already happening in the UK… one Somali ‘recent import’ rapist of a White co-ed (beat her as well) got a year detention, and was still allowed to attend uni… all because the judge or barrister or whatever decided that because there was no ‘premeditation’ he deserved a lighter sentence (fume!)

      • If he had done that in Colorado, he’d have been blued, screwed and tattooed. Nobody should even think about committing any sort of sex crime here. There was a ballot initiative several years ago which wanted rape of a child a death-penalty offense. Those creeps get mandatory life here instead. If they get paroled, they can still be put in mental institutions for life. Nobody in their right mind messes with kids in Colorado.

        The US criminal justice system is notoriously harsh.

  • DaveMed

    New data show that in the 2013-14 academic year, black students comprised 80 percent of all school-based arrests and law enforcement referrals, even though they made up only about 42 percent of Jefferson’s enrollment.

    Yes, but what percentage of those who committed crimes were Black?

    • Dave West

      42% of the population 80+% of the crimes……. sounds about right.

      • John Smith

        That’s more proportionate than their national average.

      • acronymous

        But it’s not. If the figures for crimes committed paralleled the FBI numbers, the stats would be more like 50% of the arrests.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Morris Sleaze and the $PLC’s only response would be “How DARE you ask such an insensitive question!”

      • bilderbuster

        “How DARE you ask such a racist question”.

    • Light from the East

      Remember the news of Chicago’s disproportional stops (about 3/4 of total stops) of African Americans? I’ve done a calculation based on the crime rate of each race from “color of crime” and found that blacks account for 34% of population of Chicago but they make up 75% of total criminals. Therefore, 42% of total enrollment to 80% of total arrests sounds pretty reasonable.

  • Fed Up

    Maybe those SPLC idiots should compare the number of crimes perpetrated by Blacks vis-a-vis those perpetrated by Whites. It might explain the disparity of arrests. We’re supposed to take the SPLC seriously? Gimme a break, as John Stossel used to say.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I cannot say it enough. The SPLC did not file these suits. It was an actual flesh and blood person who keeps doing this, hiding his/her/its true name behind the organization. They will keep doing so until someone starts going after their careers.

  • MekongDelta69

    I would LOVE (and I DO mean, L-O-V-E), if someway, somehow, someplace, SOMEBODY would arrest $PLC’s Mo Sleaze, and Mark Potok.

    • Douglas Quaid

      Potok is simply despicable, the SPLC is a hate group that goes around denouncing sanity.

    • Katherine McChesney

      And fat Heidi Beirich.

  • WR_the_realist

    The madness continues. And no surprise, the $PLC is at the forefront of it. Everywhere you look blacks commit disproportionately more crime than other races do. Now that’s the fault of the Jefferson Parish public schools, rather than the fault of the black criminals.

    • Ronald

      Isn’t it telling that school districts had no need to station heavily armed Sheriff deputies in schools until the Government mandated that the Africans had a “right” to attend school with children of other races?

      • kikz2

        yeah, Southerners have been ‘telling it’, since before forced integration began.

    • bilderbuster

      Blacks have been running riot for decades robbing, raping and murdering Whites and the extremely well funded $PLC spares no expense filing lawsuits or trying to scare people about the “Rise of Hate Groups”.

  • InitialSegment

    Remember, rigorous statistical data about crime and arrest rates may only be cited if it supports, or can somehow be presented as supporting, the official narrative that blacks are always and everywhere the innocent victims of racist whites. Otherwise it’s flawed and wrong and you’re worse than Hitler.

    • Lexonaut

      You’re close. However, the correct social justice term for expressing disapproval of politically correct but true study results is that the study was “deeply flawed”, not simply “flawed”, since the latter suggests minor mistakes that perhaps could be overlooked.

      Note that they will never say “untrue”, only “deeply flawed”.

  • dd121

    But if they’re committing crimes aren’t they supposed to arrest them? Does the SPLC think they should write the perps grants to perfect crime?
    Seriously, just because the blacks commit more crimes how can you just assume that arresting them isn’t deserved?

    • kikz2

      nawwwwww, thaz DiZ-Parut Im-Pak, it rayyyycissssss.

  • Chip Carver

    “Black student” is an oxymoron.

    • Jim Kental

      You can say that again…….. almost akin to “unarmed black man”…… which means he was posing a deadly threat.

  • Mack0

    Same old story. Blacks causes problems more often and their apologist swoop down to the rescue to offer excuses.

  • TheCogitator

    I’ll bet that males are arrested and otherwise punished more than females. Does that mean discrimination? Of course not, and even the fools at SPLC would understand that. Blacks commit more offenses than do whites just as males commit more offenses than females. Only a total fool or someone trying to stir up trouble would make such accusations.

    • Lexonaut

      “… the fools at SPLC would understand that.”

      They do but their goal isn’t understanding, it’s defamation and sometimes extortion.

      • TheCogitator

        Exactly. They are stirring up trouble for profit. Morris Dees lives the high life.

      • Extortion was a felony when I did it.

        • Lexonaut

          Well, don’t just sit there, tell us about it.

  • A Freespeechzone

    This only emboldens blacks to be more violent and commit crimes in schools….knowing that odds increase that nothing will be done to stop or punish them for anti-social behavior.

    • LexiconD1

      You mean like Trayvon Martin?

  • Simonetta

    Well, yeah, it’s probably true. People in Jefferson Parrish don’t like obnoxious black kids. What else is new? Plus ça change, plus ça meme chose. (pardon my French, but it is New Orleans). The more things change; the more they stay the same.

    If the black kids in Jefferson Parrish want to be typical screw-ups, then they can just sign up to go to ‘school’ down the street in Orleans Parrish. When I lived there in the 1970s, the New Orleans public schools were 90% black. [Actually they were 100% black except for one ‘special school’ for really advanced kids that all the white people wanted to get their kids into]. The white people sent their kids to the parallel education system run by the Catholic Church. There was a real tuition cost-bite; but lots of scholarships for really poor families wanting a good school for their kids. This was before Katrina, so things may be different now. But since this is New Orleans, probably not all that different.

  • Ronald

    One might advise the African students to start behaving themselves. If they did though, they would suffer peer pressure from their fellow Africans who would accuse them of “acting White”.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    The fact that black students get disproportionately arrested is consistent nationwide and certainly not unique to New Orleans. It does not represent a pattern of discrimination it represents a nationwide pattern of unlawful and unruly behavior by the black student population. It is long overdue to put this moronic blame game down and face racial differences in behavior honestly for once. Schools with black school administrators and majority black teachers have the very same disciplinary problems with black students. Are we to believe blacks are now discriminating against themselves? The SPLC is who is racist here. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • hastings88

    The next president needs to say that blacks disproportionately commit crime. Let’s put this crap to rest.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      Yea that would be the president of one of the broken off sections of the US.

      • hastings88

        Maybe Scott Walker has the balls to say it.

  • Eagle1212

    It’s their culture and thing, you wouldn’t understand.

  • Canadian Friend

    So what is the solution? should the police arrest less blacks who have committed a crime and arrest more whites who have NOT committed a crime?

    Would then white liberals and black racists be happy?

    • Douglas Quaid

      Seems to me that’s the mentality that is developing, in a growing number of what passes for people’s minds every time a black is handcuffed by police we have a victim of oppression.

  • Mr. L

    Here we go again, black failure must mean white racism is to blame. Well here’s the truth, “white racism doesn’t cause black crime, black crime causes white racism”. (Not my quote but it’s the darn truth.)

  • Mr. L

    The only way to solve this is total segregation. Let the blacks take care of their own, see how long that lasts.

  • bubo

    The instigators at the SPLC aren’t dumb. They know that blacks are much more likely to behave in ways that deem punishment necessary. They don’t care about fairness. You must look at their end game. They want the end of white civilization by any means necessary.

  • Suing a school district is low even by $PLC standards. If they win, they’ll pay themselves a nice salary out of it and offshore the money, while the folks paying property taxes in Jefferson Parish pick up the tab.

  • Realist

    SPLC is a Jewish organization.

    • Lexonaut

      Outrageous accusation. The owner/operator is a Jew but that doesn’t make it a Jewish organization.

      • Realist

        It is overwhelming run by Jews. They are promoting their diversity crap.

        • Lexonaut

          That still doesn’t make it a Jewish organization.

          • Realist

            Strangely you are very protective of Jews. What would you call a group run by mostly Blacks? SPLC doe not outright promote Zionism.
            American Renaissance is listed by SPLC as a hate group.

          • Lexonaut

            “Strangely you are very protective of Jews.”

            That’s because I’m a realist, not a racist. I don’t like it when your kind hate people people for no reason other than that they’re not white. I can understand being jealous of racial groups whose IQ’s are higher than that of whites, but I can’t understand hating them, which is why I consistently come to their defense even here on AmRen.


            “SPLC doe not outright promote Zionism.”

            Nor do they try to convert people to Judaism. What they do has nothing to do with actual Jewish organizations.


            “American Renaissance is listed by SPLC as a hate group.”

            I know, and that’s wrong, just as when they called Ben Carson a hate monger they were wrong. So … SPLC is a hate group, but it’s not a Jewish hate group.


            ” What would you call a group run by mostly Blacks?”

            Oh, I don’t know. Maybe Symantec? You know, the antivirus software people? Do you think they’re fulfilling a black agenda?

          • Realist

            “That’s because I’m a realist, not a racist. I don’t like it when your kind hate people people for no reason other than that they’re not white.”
            I never said I hated anybody. But I am kind of taking a dislike to you!
            Here is my best and final offer:
            The SPLC is and anti-white organization, overwhelming run by Jews.

          • Lexonaut

            “The SPLC is and anti-white organization, overwhelming run by Jews.”

            I agree with that 100%. But it’s not a Jewish organization.

          • Katherine McChesney

            It is if the majority of staff members are Jews.

          • Lexonaut

            So … A school board staffed entirely by whites is a white organization?

          • Lexonaut

            I can improve my own post …

            So … A school board staffed entirely by whites who happen to be Christian is a Christian organization?

          • Katherine McChesney

            It’s run by Jews.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Oh Lordy, not the chilluns.
    They should taken the black kids out of that racist school and send them to where the “First Kids” attend.

  • JohnEngelman

    *sarcasm on*

    Perhaps we should adopt an affirmative policy for student arrests. White students who push people should be arrested at the same rate as black students who stab people.

    *sarcasm off*

    • The whole point to “zero tolerance” policies in schools was to defeat the accusation that whites and Asians are being preferentially treated. This means when Betty brings a plastic knife to high school to spread peanut butter on crackers, she is dealt with the same way as when LaCreature brings a switchblade. If Betty gives Susan some Tylenol for menstrual cramps, that’s treated as if N’DeLaTrine is selling crack.

      Now even this is not enough.

      • I think that’s half of the explanation. I think the other half involves the insurance industry’s stranglehold over politicians, especially Republican ones.

  • Puggg

    Why not blame the deputies for black kids acting wild in school? We claim that cops cause black crime, “militarized” cops cause black riots, and POW camps cause Islamic terrorism. Just go all the way.

  • martinstuart

    This is the Bush legacy. He signed the “civil rights restoration act” that made quotas the law of the land. under federal law behavior doesn’t matter only results.
    A color blind rules is racist if it produces disparate impact.

  • This really shocks me. I did not know the rules of due process changed in Jefferson parish? Are improper racially motivated criminal charges gratuitously made up and applied without consequence in Jefferson parish? Doesn’t the accused receive free legal representation; access to a court system overtly sensitive to race matters; and a jury charged with delivering a verdict before a person is sent to jail? Moreover, aren’t only the most egregious crimes tried because of an prejudicial sensitivity to race matters. Has this changed? Don’t people get paid lotsa money from jury awards whenever illegal or improper, racially motivated arrests are made? I must be missing something. A pattern of discrimination is easily proven.

    Is it at all plausible black people are arrested more often because they commit crimes at an alarming rate in Jefferson parish?

  • Earl P. Holt III

    Shouldn’t parents with I.Q.s above 90 bring suit against the SPLC for DEMONSTRABLY making the school system more dangerous and criminal as a result of its 2012 litigation?

  • ghettovalley

    More blacks are on welfare, per capita. Therefore welfare is racist. We must cease government handouts to African Americans immediately. Because equality.