Originally Posted by BBC
Hundreds of US schools have police patrolling the playgrounds and corridors to keep order. But some believe their presence means an increasing number of pupils are being criminalised for minor classroom offences.
Judge John Sholden sits, dressed in black robes, in between two American flags and calls out names.
He is looking down on a courtroom full of teenagers and their parents who are facing "Class C" misdemeanour offences for skipping school.
At the truancy courts of Dallas in Texas, absence from class or repeated late arrivals are punishable with fines of up to $500 (£316).
"A Class C misdemeanour is the lowest level of all the criminal offences, it would be the equivalent of a traffic ticket or not abiding by a stop sign on the street," says Judge Sholden, who can also hand out sanctions like essays and book reports in his sentence.
The use of the court system to correct student behaviour is a popular policy used in schools across Texas.
A recent study put the number of Class C tickets issued to young people at around 300,000 per year.
The...hell? High school students are being fined and taken to court for not tucking in their shirts.
I have no words