A new report from the ACLU found Hawaii has some of the highest public school suspension rates in the country.

"What we saw in some of these reports were some wild disparities in Hawaii unfortunately leading the pack in some of the worse ones," Legal fellow at ACLU Hawaii Rae Shih said. 

The top five schools for days lost due to suspensions are all on O'ahu, three on the Windward coast and one in Hawaii Kai.

Leading the pack was Highlands Intermediate.

The data shows Hawaii averages 41 suspension days per 100 students, nearly double the national average.

"I think one of the things that we want to talk about is to backup and think about what schools are for and schools are to educate children both reading and writing but also how to be a good citizen and how to be a good, contributing member of society. Kids need a place to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes and learn what their behavior should be and we can't do that if we keep suspending them and putting them out of school," Shih said.

The data also shows students here are arrested on campus at rates three times the national average and Hawaii has the highest rate in the nation for arrests of students with disabilities.

The Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind ranks third on this list.

"We're not talking about violent crimes or offenses or anything here, we're talking about you smell like marijuana and that's a problem for us. Not only are schools putting children out and arresting children for minor offenses, they are also not following proper due process procedures which are our childrens' constitutional rights when they're suspending these kids," Shih said.

The ACLU wants families to know that students have rights, and it's reminding them suspensions longer than 10 days can be appealed by parents.

The ACLU says it's now studying the data to find out why Hawaii's public schools have higher than average arrest and suspension rates.