One of the most disappointing aspects to this sorry tale is that Baltimore City has been the worst offender when it comes to suspending very young children. Last year the number of suspended city children ages 3 and 4 nearly doubled over the previous year, to 33. And this despite a six-year campaign by the city's previous schools CEO Andrés Alonso to reduce school suspensions. During Mr. Alonso's tenure, suspension rates in the city's schools were virtually cut in half, and that represented real progress. But given his attention to the issue, the fact that suspensions continued at all for such young children, who are just beginning to understand behavioral boundaries, is mystifying.