Senior, Dorsey High School
My name is Marshe’ Doss, and I’m a 12th grader at Dorsey High School in South LA. Every day, students at my high school are targeted for so-called “random” weapons searches, but everyone knows these searches are not random. Black students get picked more often. My Muslim friends get searched all the time. Students who are in non-honors and non-magnet classes get searched more often.
Schools with more black students do searches more often. LAUSD’s search policy makes us feel like criminals. It makes us think our education is not the District’s priority. When I’m taken out of class and searched, I feel like I’ve done something wrong even though some school officials go through my personal belongings and only take away my highlighters or hand sanitizer. My peers look at me and assume I must have done something wrong. I don’t feel ready to go back to class and learn.