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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

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Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

DALLAS (AP) — The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part. It earned Ahmed Mohamed an invitation to the White House, where the Irving teen will attend astronomy night Monday. […]

Schools across US find alternatives to suspending students

DALLAS (AP) — The recent arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim boy whose teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb led to widespread ridicule of school officials and accusations that Islamophobia may have played a part.

It earned Ahmed Mohamed an invitation to the White House, where the Irving teen will attend astronomy night Monday. But it also got him a three-day suspension, which he says the district insisted he serve.

Ahmed’s suspension — his parents have since withdrawn him from the school — reflect the rigid disciplinary policies that many U.S. schools adopted in the 1990s. But many districts, including some of the nation’s largest, have been softening their approach, swapping automatic suspensions, expulsions and involving the authorities in school disciplinary issues for peer-to-peer discussion, counseling and other means.

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By Colin Jeffery

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