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School district rethinking suspension policy

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By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo school administrators are saying they will reconsider their suspension policies. But Schools Superintendent James Williams says any changes that are made are not because of last Friday's shooting of Lafayette High School student Jawaan Daniels.

The 15-year-old was suspended by school personnel for apparently wandering the halls and left the building on his own. Minutes later, he was shot while waiting for a bus at Grant Street and West Delavan Avenue.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Williams said his administration has been discussing changes to the district's suspension policy for the past two years.

"If you do A, B, C, you're out the door. We need to eliminate that," Williams said.

Williams said he hopes to have a new policy in place by the new school year in September.

A group of concerned parents met with reporters beforehand on the steps of City Hall, saying Daniels' death was preventable.