Rethink school suspension policy

To the editor:

When are we going to stop suspending kids for nothing in Danville?

My friend’s son got suspended from school for five days for fighting. He was defending himself, but that didn’t matter. What is a child supposed to do? They can’t just sit there and get beaten up. It shouldn’t be like that. It’s time to do something about these high suspension rates in Danville.

Here’s one especially bad example of this problem: At Bonner Middle School, nearly one in three students was suspended last year. In the 2018-2019 school year, 200 of the 644 students at Bonner were suspended at least once. That’s just a shame.

A week-long suspension sets a child’s education back. They have to scramble to make up the missed work. I’m worried about my friend’s child and kids like him.

I volunteer at the Cardinal Village Youth Center. Our students experience the same issues as other children in the school system. If they’re suspended from school, they also cannot come to the center for homework help. These children need to be in school — not getting suspended.

I hope the Danville School Board will rethink its policies. It’s been long enough.

RENEE STONE

Danville

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