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A Black fourth grader was suspended for having a BB gun visible in his online class

Added 09-26-20 12:14:02pm EST - “The Harvey school suspended 9-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison for violating its internet usage policy and recommended him for expulsion.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “A Black fourth grader was suspended for having a BB gun visible in his online class”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Louisiana school suspended and nearly expelled a fourth-grader for unintentionally showing a BB gun during his virtual class. 

Ka Mauri Harrison, a 9-year-old in Harvey, Louisiana, moved a BB gun that his younger brother tripped on during an English test, Nola.com reported. The teacher attempted to speak to him, but because he muted the computer for the test, he was disconnected from the class. The school then called his parents notifying them of his suspension.

The school suspended Harrison for violating their policy for handling weapons in the classroom setting and the school's internet usage policy, according to the report. Expulsion had been recommended, but the school's hearing officer later opted not to expel Harrison.

The fourth grader's suspension is one of several instances of Black children being disciplined during the disorganized shift to online school, further perpetuating racial bias in education. In May, a Michigan judge incarcerated a 15-year-old Black girl for not completing her homework, leading to protests and petitions demanding her release. A Colorado school suspended and sent the sheriff to a 12-year-old Black boy's home for showing his toy gun in class. 

Black students are disproportionately suspended or expelled, one of the ways that make up the "school-to-prison" pipeline. In Minneapolis, Black students made up 41% of the overall student population, but 76% of suspensions. In Paramus, New Jersey, Black students were 12.4 times more likely to get suspended than white students between 2015 to 2016.

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