Virtual school discipline bill sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk


    Ku'Mauri Harrison and his father testify in front of the House education committee.

    A bill that would require school districts to write disciplinary policies for online learning and to give families more options to appeal expulsion recommendations was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk Wednesday. The “Ku’Mauri Harrison Act” would give students who’ve been recommended for expulsion, even if the punishment is later was reduced to a suspension, the right to a hearing in the district courts.

    Ku’Mauri, whom the bill is named after, is the 9-year-old Jefferson Parish boy whose little brother tripped over a BB gun, which led the 9-year old to pick it up and move it. He put it in a place where others in his Zoom classroom could see it and was accused of displaying “a facsimile weapon while receiving virtual instruction.,” Ku’Maurihe was initially recommended for expulsion but was eventually given a six-day suspension. His cause was embraced by politicians across the spectrum who considered the incident a non-offense and the punishment an outrage.

    Introduced by Rep. Troy Romero, R-Jennings, the bill unanimously passed both chambers of the legislature.