Revisions Underway for Buffalo School Suspension Policy

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

In June of 2010 a Lafayette High School student was suspended for wandering the halls. He ended up getting shot and killed at a bus stop on his way home. Since then the suspension policy has been widely criticized.

Protestors gathered in front of city hall Wednesday afternoon urging the board of education to revise its code of conduct policy, reserving out-of -school suspensions for violent acts only.

Citizen Action and Alliance for Quality Education organized the rally. They say a student is suspended every three minutes.

As a result, they fall behind in school and eventually drop out claim protestors who say many of the suspensions are frivolous.

Will Keresztes, Associate Superintendent for Buffalo Public Schools told the crowd the district has already hired four new social workers that are working in schools now and another seven will be added in the Spring.

The board of education is working with BOCES on revising the suspension policy and a draft is expected to be released sometime in October.