Solutions to School Suspension Problem Coming

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY ( WKBW) Reverend Janice Fisher who was the former pastor of 15 year old Jawaan Daniels spoke out on behalf of Daniel's grieving mother.

"You do not want their blood on your hands so we have to do something very, very creative now. It's time," said Fisher.

Daniels was shot and killed at a bus stop in June of 2010 just minutes after being suspended from Lafayette High School.

Not long after that incident there was an immediate cry for change to the district's suspension policy.
More than a year and a half later, many complain changes are not coming fast enough.

The district admits the numbers aren't getting any better. In November, nearly 1400 students were suspended, of those, 230 were sent home for more than six days.

Some point the finger at larger class sizes and teacher lay offs.

But regardless of the reason the district is warning school staff that suspension should be a last resort in favors options like parent conferences and on-site student support teams.

The district hopes to have new procedures in place by February.