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Georgia Board of Education Overturns Liberty County Judgment

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According to a press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Georgia Board of Education has overturned the Liberty County Board of Education’s decision to suspend 7th grade black students at Lewis Frasier Middle School. Violated the right to his legitimate process.

After a disciplinary hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes on February 3, 2022, his initials, a student called AK, were suspended for the rest of the grades 2021-2022. At the time of the suspension, AK was an A / B student and had no record of disciplinary action.

The Georgia Board of Education states that AK is the Liberty County Code of Conduct (“Code Code of Conduct”). The local committee’s decision has now been revoked and instructions have been remanded to provide reasonable notice consistent with this decision and the new hearing.

According to SPLC, AK was accused of sending a threatening text to another student, even though he testified that he later called a student to inform him that he was not serious. The alleged case occurred during off-school hours. AK had no disciplinary action issues prior to the alleged case.

Last Thursday, the state legislature made the Liberty County Board of Education legally and statutoryly, without reasonable and sufficient notice of the allegations against AK, as required by law. I ruled that I had been deprived of my rights.

SPLC represented him during his appeal.

A state legislature ruling removes disciplinary action from AK’s records. It also reaffirms important precedents that protect and prevent future students from being deprived of due process.

“School districts like Liberty County are comfortable, relying on the suspension and expulsion of students without sufficient evidence and basic fairness, as required by law. “Exclusive discipline does not serve educational purposes, it only harms children,” said Mike Tafelski, senior lawyer for the rights practice group. Achieve certain results based on the presumption of innocence of the accused student. Students’ educational rights (disproportionately colored students) are routinely ignored and trampled by school districts that utilize systems where children normally do not have access to lawyers. Standing with students seeking educational justice, “said Tafelsky.

After months of appeal, AK’s mom paid to enroll him in a local private school, but he had to start over all year long to ensure his credit was transferred. There wasn’t. Too often, black students like AK go down school and are poured into the prison pipeline. In Liberty County, black students make up 53.2% of enrolled students, while 66.5% of students are suspended. Even black preschool students are suspended at a higher rate than white students.

AK’s mom hopes that her son’s case can draw attention to the essential disparities faced by Liberty County students. “This opened my eyes and ears to these issues. I am talking to a black family in the county who has experienced educational injustice and is suffering in silence for fear of retaliation. But I’m not afraid. I hope my son’s case highlights the injustice of our school system and prevents future students from doing the same harm, “she said.

The courier contacted Dr. Frank Limperry, Liberty County School Systems Director, for an answer to this question.