Activists fear the plan puts students and families at risk by increasing collaboration between federal agents and police officers in American schools

One student exchanged hand gestures with a classmate in the school hallway. Another drew graffiti in his notebook. A third wore a Chicago Bulls T-shirt.

School authorities on Long Island, New York, accused the teenagers of displaying signs or symbols associated with a notorious street gang with close ties to Central America. They were suspended, and several of the students were arrested. But before the charges were substantiated – even before appeals of their suspensions were complete – the students were shipped off to detention facilities thousands of miles from home, without their parents’ knowledge.

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