Last week, 15-year-old, Jawaan Daniels, was shot and killed during school hours. He was leaving Lafayette High School and going home for a suspension. But, parents say he should have been in school.
Buffalo parents argue that simply sending students home for suspension is not addressing the larger issue of their safety. The Buffalo Schools Parent Coordinating Council believes that the school district hands out too many suspensions to students—leaving them in danger.
Buffalo School Superintendent, James A. Williams, sat down and spoke to parents about reorganizing the suspension protocol.
“Did suspension create the problems that we are in? The answer is no,” Williams said.
Williams says the three most prevalent sources of conflict are guns in the community, the absence of the African-American male presence and parental involvement.