Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - Less than two weeks after a Buffalo High School student was gunned down at a city bus stop on the day he was suspended, Buffalo schools are fast tracking a plan to change their discipline policy.
Students who are suspended may no longer be able to leave school. For community activist Samuel Radford III, this is good news. "We need to end out of school suspensions," Radford said. He has been lobbying for Buffalo schools to do so for years, and now it appears to be happening.
"It is a policy we have been looking at, and now more than ever we have a full court press on it," said Buffalo School Board President Ralph Hernandez.
The pressure to implement it increased after the death of 15 year old Jawaan Daniels. He was shot and killed at a West Side bus stop. Not long before, he had been suspended from Lafayette High School. Under the current policy, that mean he was told to leave school.
Many think that taking a child out of school has never worked.
Details of the new plan still need to be worked out, but essentially non-violent students will be kept in school. Those deemed violent will still be supervised and educated, but outside the classroom.
Many groups will weigh in over the next few weeks - including teachers, administrators, police and parents.