ACLU of Louisiana: ““Ka’Mauri Harrison’s suspension from school was an excessive and unjustified punishment that reflects the deeply-rooted racism that criminalizes Black students and fuels the school-to-prison pipeline.”
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Landry met with the family of a fourth-grader who was suspended for moving a BB gun during a virtual learning session.
The name of the 4th grader is Ka’Mauri Harrison and the young boy attends school in Jefferson Parish.
The ACLU of Louisiana is giving their opinion on the matter as AG Landry expressed his support for the fourth-grader.
ACLU of Louisiana executive director, Alanah Odoms, issued the following statement about Harrison’s suspension:
“Ka’Mauri Harrison’s suspension from school was an excessive and unjustified punishment that reflects the deeply-rooted racism that criminalizes Black students and fuels the school-to-prison pipeline. In a state where white people are free and even encouraged to brandish their guns publicly, a Black boy was suspended and nearly expelled from school for the mere presence of a BB gun in his own home. Removing students from the classroom denies them their fundamental right to an education and can inflict long-lasting harm; that’s why suspension and expulsion should be used sparingly and only as a last resort. Instead, Black students are subjected to excessive punishments like suspension at disproportionate rates.
“This incident is a reminder of the systemic racism Black students experience each and every day – and it cannot be tolerated any longer. We join Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough in demanding the school district immediately revoke Harrison’s suspension and issue an apology. It is also essential that the Jefferson Parish school district review its school discipline policies and institute racial bias training for teachers and staff.”
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