Changing Buffalo Schools Code of Conduct

December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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December 18, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - A 60 page code of conduct for the Buffalo Pubic School District is being release Tuesday. These are new rules that will completely change the district's out-of-school suspension policy.

It was drafted by several educators in response to public outcry that too many students were being suspended for non-violent offenses like chewing gum or talking on a cell phone. There was on particular event that brought this to the forefront.

In June of 2010, Jawaan Daniels, 15, was suspended for loitering in the halls. Minutes later, he was gunned down at a bus stop on his way home. The fight against the frivolous suspensions has been front and center ever since. Parent groups said the current plan just hurts students.

"Many times they are suspended without any academic work at all whether they are out one week, one month, even two months," Organizer of Citizen Action Gayle Thompson said.

Parents and administrators hope this will keep kids on track and increase graduation rates.

There will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at McKinley High School on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.