Suspension Policy Under Scrutiny

January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 12:53 AM EDT

Destiny Baez is a mother of three students enrolled in Buffalo Public Schools. She showed up at the public hearing at Waterfront School Thursday night to tell administrators they need to take a lesson from her generation.

"When I was younger you misbehave they called your parents and told them you misbehaved. Nowadays they can't be bothered to call the parents, they can't notify you until your child already has a suspension," said Baez.

And that's exactly what happened to her 10-year old son who was suspended numerous times for talking on the school bus. Baez says kids take advantage of the out-of-school suspension policy for a free-day off.

It's these frivolous, non-violent incidents that result in suspensions for up to five days that concern Baez and others who say it sends the wrong message to students.

The advisory board listened to suggestions including an in-school-suspension program with teachers and counselors and having kids perform community service.

Anything to avoid the tragic example of the June 2010 murder of 15 year old Jawaan Daniels. Daniels was suspended for wandering the halls.

He was shot and killed at a bus stop before he ever made it home. The advisory board hopes to have a proposal for the board by February. There is a fourth public meeting scheduled for early next week.

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