[image description: a silly photo of Selena Garcia sticking her tongue out at the camera. a quote from her reads, “yes, it’s hard being in here. but i’m gonna make it. i believe in us. jail isn’t gonna slow me down nor stop me. they think it’s gonna break me but i’m still going on… in here i am no longer selina marie garcia. i am #34! not a human being, but a caged animal with the number 148902 on my head.” additional text reads, “selina garcia has been incarcerated for 3 weeks for allegedly breaking wake county student code of conduct. DSS won’t pick her up from jail. tell the cops, the courts, and the schools to free her NOW to a home in Raleigh, where she can graduate at Southeast Raleigh High with her friends!” that are hashtags that reads, “not number 34” and “bring selina home.”]
On March 7, 2014 Selina Garcia, a senior at Southeast Raleigh high school was suspended from school because of allegations that she committed level II infractions. Her administrator suspended her for 5 days, noting mitigating factors including prolonged and explicit harassment by the other student involved in the incident. However, the School Resource Officer, which are employed by Raleigh Police Department, decided that this wasn’t enough – said that she needed to “learn a lesson,” and so he arrested her and took her to jail. Despite the fact that she posed NO safety threat to the school environment, the officer made the conscious choice to criminalize her. He didn’t care that she wanted to focus on graduating this Spring, and needed to be in school to accomplish that goal – all that mattered was asserting his dominance and “teaching her a lesson”
When the SRO arrested her, he likely thought that she would go to jail for a couple hours and then be picked up by her family. But, 19 days later and counting, there’s no end in sight for her.
please click thru to sign the petition and read more on the demands Selina and her community are making.