Intervention Programs Result In Fewer Student Arrests

In the 2010-11 school year, boys were twice as likely to be arrested as girls — and students in the state’s poorest school districts, such as Hartford and New Haven, were more likely to be arrested than those from the wealthiest districts, according to a report compiled by the Juvenile Justice Alliance. Special education students were nearly three times as likely to be arrested as other students, according to the report. And most students were arrested for minor offenses – such as smoking cigarettes, swearing or hallway scuffles. In the report — Adult Decisions: Connecticut Rethinks Juvenile Arrests the Manchester police chief said he was “frustrated by the number of fights his officers were breaking up at Manchester High School. ‘’  He estimated that about 6 percent of the students were habitually getting into serious trouble.

Profile: Terrell Is A Star Chaser

Terrell Saunders, 16, has a dream that is out of this world: he wants to become an astronaut. “I want to make a discovery,” said Saunders, when asked how he sees himself 10 years from now. He is sure he wants to study science or astronomy. Saunders was born in the Bronx, NY, but moved to Connecticut when he was four years old. He now lives in Bridgeport.

Profile: Julyanna Strives To Explore, Dream, Discover

Julyanna Schreider, 16, doesn’t want to live her life regretting what she could have done. Her dream is to keep running her mother’s modeling business. She is adventurous and outgoing. Her favorite quote is from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.