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No room for discretion

April 27, 2014

In the past we have bemoaned the lack of discretion and common sense in many cases of school discipline and “zero tolerance” policies for drugs or weapons....

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Apr-29-14 9:19 AM

I truly feel so bad for this student. I wonder how many expulsions we will have in the future with the new bullying law. I think this school board decision was wrong.

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Apr-28-14 12:04 AM

What? Are there no teachers who will stand up and give testament? Is there no principal with principle? Are there no other students who will band together? Are there no other parents who will protest?

The whole school should walk out for the rest of the year and tell the school board to take a hike, as well.

Zero tolerance works both ways.

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Apr-27-14 9:45 AM

It was a local (stupid) decision, not a state mandate. Other students that were found with lighters, also a considered a weapon under the school's zero–tolerance policy, and were not subject to expulsion. "We do have a zero–tolerance policy. But with that policy we do have flexibility to make judgments on how much danger people are in." superintendent Jensen said.

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Apr-27-14 6:52 AM

This is what happens when we try to run our schools from the state capital. One size fits all testing testing, bullying law, zero tolerance law, teacher and administrative professional development plans, etc. Legislators can barely run the government and now they are all educational experts trying to run our schools from hundreds of miles away.

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Apr-27-14 6:25 AM

To me, this looks more like a "zero brains" policy than a "zero tolerance" policy. Three days' suspension would already have been excessive, in my opinion, but to suspend this poor girl for the rest of the school year will undoubtedly permanently damage her academic record. I always thought small town schools in Minnesota were above this type of idiocy which we often see in other parts of the country.

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