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Senator proposes bill to make suspending, expelling K-3 students illegal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A question about how best to punish children came up Thursday at the State Capitol, with one lawmaker trying to make it against the law to suspend any student in grades Kindergarten through third grade.

More than 7,400 students in grades K through 3 were given out-of-school suspension last year. Now, Senator Sharon Weston Broome wants that number to drop to zero.

Her bill would prohibit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for all public school children in those grades.

Senator Broome says our schools should be far more lenient when it comes to punishing young children.  

"Children who are in their formative years certainly should be allowed an opportunity to stay in school to have perhaps wrap-around services if indeed they have a behavioral issue." said Sen. Sharon Weston Broome/(D) Baton Rouge.

Under the bill, a student can only be suspended or expelled if that student is a threat to another student or teacher. 

The bill now moves to the Senate floor.

Until then, Senator Broome says she's meeting with supporters to take another look at the details.

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