Texas Schools Rarely Track Force Against Students

Texas school district police departments use tasers, pepper spray — even dogs and drawn handguns — to control crime on campus.

But few keep any data on these incidents, leaving parents and administrators with no way to track them.

And many district police departments even refuse to turn over their “use of force” guidelines, saying parting with their policies could create a security threat.

So far, the attorney general’s office has ruled in their favor, though advocacy groups are suing for access.

“The information is almost impossible to get,” said Deborah Fowler, legal director with the non-profit Texas Appleseed, which has ...

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