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AG sends letter addressing suspension of 4th grader over BB gun in virtual classroom

AG Landry Ka'Mauri Harrison Meeting
Posted at 12:44 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 13:44:18-04

Attorney General Jeff Landry is continuing to voice his concerns over the recent decision to suspend a 4th grader for handling a BB gun during virtual learning.

Landry sent a letter to top education officials in Louisiana after 9-year-old Ka'Mauri Harrison was suspended earlier this month from Woodmere Elementary in Jefferson Parish.

The AG says that Harrison has not been afforded due process in the incident after school officials recommended him for expulsion from the school.

In his letter, Landry states that the law grants parents and their child the right to appeal the School Board and seek judicial review of a decision by the Superintendent when the child has been recommended for expulsion.

"Ka'Mauri is a bright young man with a great family; and the fact that he was recommended for expulsion, received a suspension, and not given his right to appeal is appalling," said Landry. "Ka'Mauri was not only deprived of educational instruction, he was also denied opportunity."

Landry met with Ka'Mauri and his parents at the State Capitol on Monday.

To read AG Landry's full letter, click here.

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