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New data shows increase in suspensions and expulsions in Spokane Schools

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What's going on with your child at school and at home? So far this year, suspensions and expulsions in Spokane schools have increased by 48 percent, according to new data by the school district. The district says answering why so many more kids are getting into trouble this year is hard to pin on any one answer. There's a variety of things that impact children and all of them respond in different ways.

Across the board, Spokane Public Schools are seeing a new surge of kids acting out. According to a graph, verbal or physical aggression is the number one reason why students are getting into trouble. "I think there are times when children have more challenging behavior than they have had in the past. We have a lot of kids as you know in Spokane, a lot of children in poverty, a lot of children experiencing trauma and sometimes that manifests itself at school," said Brian Melody, Elementary School Director for Spokane Public Schools.

While they can track the spike in bad behavior, the reasons behind it still have educators scratching their heads. For example, did the shooting at Freeman back in September have anything to do with the rise in these numbers?  "Kids respond to local, national and statewide issues but as far as making a connection, we haven't done that," said Melody.

The districts main goal is to always maintain a safe and productive learning environment.

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