Kicker – Virtual school suspension

MARY REICHARD, HOST: A 9-year-old in elementary school in New Orleans got suspended for possessing a weapon in class. 

Fourth grader Ka Mauri Harrison admits he had a gun—but hang on! It wasn’t a deadly weapon. It was only a BB gun.

Still, the young man now has a weapons violation on his permanent academic record. 

But here’s the real kicker…

His math teacher spotted the BB gun during a virtual lesson. That’s right. Ka Mauri was at home, and the BB gun was propped up against a wall behind him. 

But the school district said the boy violated a federal law against having a weapon at school. 

His father said the suspension was over the line.

HARRISON: Just totally just invading privacy, just period, like you know, we can’t have no privacy in the house.

And Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is on his side. He said it’s troubling the school district…

LANDRY: Has not paused to think about the constitutional protections and rights that should be afforded when the school enters someone’s home.

The family hired a lawyer and is suing to get the violation off Ka Mauri’s school record.

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(Photo/Office of the Louisiana Attorney) Ka’Mauri Harrison [maroon polo shirt] with his family and Louisianna Attorney General Jeff Landry

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