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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — A school district in Louisiana may have gone overboard with its zero-tolerance policy.

The Jefferson Parish School District had an 8th grader handcuffed and taken away from a history class, for throwing Skittles on a school bus.

In just one year, 1,600 other students were arrested for minor offenses like swearing and carrying cell phones.

40 percent of the student body is black, 80 percent of those arrested are black.