From the Northwest Florida Daily News...
Come into my office.
Roughly every eight minutes, an Emerald Coast principal says that to a student facing suspension.
Schools in Walton, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties have suspended or expelled students nearly 8,000 times this year, out of a total student population of about 60,000.
The Daily News gathered suspension data from all three school districts for the past two school years through February of this year.
An analysis of the information revealed some significant disparities.
Black students are suspended at twice the rate of white students.
Boys of any race are suspended about three times as often as girls.
And some schools suspend students frequently, while others suspend rarely - sometimes never.
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