BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana House Education Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to advance “The Ka’Mauri Harrison Act,” which is a bill inspired by a WDSU Investigation.
The bill would force school districts to write policies specifically for online learning.
This stems from the WDSU Investigation into Jefferson Parish fourth grader Ka’Mauri Harrison, who was suspended for moving a BB gun in his bedroom during an online class.
The bill would also give families more options to appeal disciplinary decisions, even involving district courts.
Ka’Mauri and his family testified Wednesday in Baton Rouge in favor of the bill.
“I’m trying to hold back tears because I’m so proud of my son,” said Nyron Harrison, Ka’Mauri’s father. “He doesn’t understand the seriousness of what’s going on right now, but he’s making history and I’m a very proud father right now.”
The Harrison family filed a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Schools to get the weapons violation and suspension Ka’Mauri received removed from his school record.