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

By WBOK Staff

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Deal ends 10-month controversy that brought school system criticism from across political spectrum

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 receive $92,500 and that of Grand Isle sixth grader Tomie Brown will get $72,500. The disciplinary records of each student will be changed to reflect that they were suspended for disruptive conduct and any reference to weapons will be removed.

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