Schools Now Believe They Own Your Home.

Once again, the stupidity of school systems is on full display.

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – 9-year-old Ka Mauri Harrison is a 4th grader at Woodmere Elementary and this year he’s a virtual learner so his classroom is his bedroom.

The school suspended Ka Mauri for violating a federal weapons law.

“I feel like they were picking, and totally just invading privacy. We can’t have no privacy in the house,” Nyron Harrison said.

On Sept. 11th, Ka Mauri was taking a test on the computer when his dad says Ka Mauri’s brother walked into the room and tripped over Ka Mauri’s BB gun.

“Ka Mauri picked it up and moved it out of the way, out of the walking path. When he moved it, he picked it up briefly and set it on the other side of him,” Harrison said.

According to the paperwork from his expulsion hearing, the teacher’s account of what happened matches Ka Mauri’s.

She stated, ‘He placed it on the side of his chair so that we could only see the barrel.’

We aren’t sure how a BB gun violates Federal Law when applied to a 9 year old in his home.

According to Find Law, the Brady Act bars BB gun ownership in the following situations:

1. Were convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than one year;
2. Are a fugitive from justice;
3. Are addicted to, or illegally use, any controlled substance;
4. Have been ruled mental defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution;
5. Are an illegal alien living in the United States unlawfully;
6. Received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces;
7. Renounced your U.S. citizenship, if you are a U.S. citizen;
8. Are subject to a court restraining order that involves your “intimate partner”, your partner’s child, or children; or
9. Were convicted of domestic violence in any court of a misdemeanor.

Clearly none of those conditions apply to a 9 year old in his bedroom in his home, so what was the Federal Law that was violated?

Jefferson Parish Schools stated that the nine-year-old was suspended because his room was an extension of the classroom and he violated weapons laws on campus. (emphasis ours)

Somehow the intellectual midgets running the school system decided that they own the room and the part of the home the kid was in.

(It would be interesting to see what would happen if the school district was sent the tax bill for that portion of the property. Watch them then howl and scream they aren’t responsible.)

The school suspended Harrison for six days and made his suspension and cause a part of his permanent record. In addition, the school melted out some “social justice:”

Nyron Harrison doesn’t believe his home should be considered an extension of school property and says his son became humiliated when the school asked his classmates to write letters about the incident.

“Embarrassed and he felt like he did something wrong,” Harrison said.

School officials suspended Ka Mauri for six days.

“He’s now been submitted for a social worker assessment. This is not a child that needs a social worker’s assessment,” Cusimano said.

The weapons violation is now a part of Ka Mauri’s permanent public school record.

“It’s going to follow him going to college, picking colleges and whatnot,” Harrison said.

“This is a pre-judgment of a 9-year old that will impact his educational career for the rest of his life,” Cusimano said.

We doubt seriously if Harrison’s classmates were told to write a letter to the school district explaining that they don’t own Ka Mauri’s bedroom or home and that the school was wrong.

The case against Harrison was eventually dropped and his record expunged. Still, one has to wonder how the events affected the kid and how his trust of the school and the police have been diminished.

However, the Louisiana State Legislature proposed and passed the “Ka’Mauri Harrison Act” which gives families and students more protection from over zealous school districts. That bill is waiting to be signed by the Governor. Of course, the school districts opposed the bill:

In its letter to lawmakers, the school system also says under House Bill 83, school boards statewide would be overwhelmed with suspension appeals. Something they say is not a rational or reasonable use of school board resources.

The district also believes the bill would result in increased litigation and would force school boards to direct limited financial resources to the defense of frivolous lawsuits rather than directing those dollars to students and teachers.

Instead of worrying about the costs of defending their silly rules, the school system should realize that just because they make a rule and someone wants to apply it illegally inside of someone else’s property doesn’t make the district’s actions right and legal. The costs to which the district refers goes out the window when the district starts acting in a logical, legal manner.

The Harrison case was not an isolated incident:

According to a school incident report reviewed by WDSU, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System reported 11-year-old Rondell Coleman to the Sheriff’s Department Sept. 18 when a gun was seen in his bedroom during a virtual class. The incident report said Rondell “was brandishing a gun on camera.” According to the report, the deputy went to the child’s home, was allowed inside and brought a BB gun back to the school. “It (the BB gun) was confiscated and Rondell was charged,” the report says.

Evette Coleman said her grandson was traumatized. “This is a BB gun,” Coleman said. “You’re going to come and read a kid rights because he has a BB gun?”

She said her daughter-in-law was also read her Miranda rights and was interrogated with her son.

“I don’t know if they’re confused that we’re not on campus,” Coleman said. “We’re in our home. We are in our private home.”

Rondell was recommended for expulsion and immediately moved to an alternative school. The alternative campus is a last resort school for students with significant discipline problems and repeat violations.

The School District eventually reversed its decision, but their initial actions beg the questions “what in the name of all that is holy, legal and Constitutional were they thinking?”

The grandmother of the Rondell had changed because of the incident:

Coleman said her grandson is back at his elementary school but is quiet and reserved. “He doesn’t understand what he did wrong,” she said.

How are you supposed to get an 11 year old to believe they did nothing wrong and the school was at fault when it is their property that was confiscated in their bedroom / home, and they ended up being sent to a school for problem children? Someone has to explain that to people.

Both families in this story had to hire attorneys to defend the legal actions of their respective children. The school district, of course, just sics their attorney who is paid for with tax dollars on the families. The district then has the audacity to say “we have to pay to defend these things and it is hurting the education of students” without even considering it is their actions that hurt not only the education of students, but their well being.

We have said this before and will say it again…..

The people in the school district have to be well educated to be that stupid.

2 Responses to “Schools Now Believe They Own Your Home.”

  1. Luke says:

    The virtual learning that has become popular during the pandemic brings new ethical and legal questions to the discussion. If a teacher believes a child’s safety is at risk they should be able to report it, the matter should be looked into by the proper authorities, and a determination made. In both these cases it appears that the child’s safety was not in jeopardy and they should have stopped there. One would think that school administrators would have enough common sense to avoid putting a child and parents through all that nonsense and expense once they determined the child was safe. I imagine the knee jerk reaction comes from many school boards having these zero tolerance policies for on site behavior which they are now trying to extend into private homes. It is sad to see a child have to go thru all this nonsense because of a lack of common sense by school administrators.

  2. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    The problem is that the schools/school districts seriously believe that they know how to raise your children better than you and that they, with their “certificates” are social worker/counselor/parent/therapist.

    You want to stop this behavior – take back the schools from the unions and their lackeys that sit on the school board and change their focus from “socialism” to the 3 R’s.