Student's Death has Parents Demanding School Policy Reform

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT


Local parents are now demanding school policy reform at the Buffalo Public School District following the death of a Lafayette High School student. 15-year-old Jawaan Daniels was shot and killed near the corner of Grant Street and West Delavan Avenue last Friday, shortly after being suspended from school. It's still unclear why Daniels was suspended last Friday, and why the 15-year-old was allowed to leave school unattended, but an investigation is now underway by the district.

"A young man has died, lost his life over something that we as responsible adults could have done something to prevent," said Samuel Radford III, vice president of the district parent coordinating council. "We can't wait anymore, if there's something we can do to preserve life we have to do it."

Radford, along with other parents are concerned with how suspensions are currently handled inside the schools, and want a new policy in place.

"We've used suspensions as the revolving door," added Radford. "They just suspend students for a problem, but when they come back and do it again, the student is suspend again. No resources are put into a solution to deal with what caused the behavior in the first place. This needs to be the priority."

School board members tell Eyewitness News they are now trying to reform current policy and plan to meet Wednesday evening to discuss the topic.

"They're going to get change," said Buffalo School Board President Ralph Hernandez. "There's no doubt about it that the policies will be revamped, new initiatives will be put in place, and we will concentrate more on intervention and what these kids are going through and how we can help."

Superintendent Dr. James Williams is also expected to speak publicly sometime Wednesday about the suspension policy.