Jefferson Parish School Board OKs settlements with students suspended in BB gun incidents

Deal ends 10-month controversy that brought school system criticism from across political spectrum BY FAIMON A. ROBERTS III | STAFF WRITER PUBLISHED JUL 7, 2021 The Jefferson Parish School Board approved settlements Wednesday of two federal lawsuits brought by students who were suspended during the pandemic for handling BB guns at home while in virtual lessons. School officials hope the decision will put to rest months of criticism that Jefferson has faced for the punishments.Under the terms of the deal, the family of Harvey fourth grader Ka'Mauri Harrison will...
Patrice Gaines Ramon Reid is 51. He spent 31 years of his life in prison. There’s a lot he hasn’t experienced.  "For instance, I had never been to Walmart or on a motorcycle or on a boat. Never been to the ocean,” Reid offered. “When new guys would come in prison they’d say, ‘You’ve never done that? Where have you been all your life, in a cave?’”  When Reid got out of prison in May and returned home to Alliance, Ohio, in the northeastern part of the state, he started documenting his life to show people what it’s like to return to a community after years of being locked up. He shares...

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