CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Some Horry County residents are discussing how to protect students from what they call some abuses in the education system.

About a dozen people gathered at Conway’s library Saturday for a workshop called “Protect Our Children” to discuss injustices felt by students of color. It’s part of Grand Strand Action Together’s ongoing discussion about what the ACLU calls the school-to-prison pipeline.

The Horry County Alliance for Educational Justice says students of color nationwide are more likely to be punished unfairly in school, leading to problems later in life.

“A child who is put out of school is less likely to graduate and more likely to spend some time in jail,” said Dameion Fowler, vice president of the Horry County Alliance for Educational Justice.

Grand Strand Action Together plans to hold another discussion this summer, talking about how the immigration system affects students.