How Safe Are Our Children At School?

1278 Words Oct 18th, 2015 6 Pages
How safe are our children at school? This question is asked every time we hear about a school violence in the United States. The federal government passed the Zero tolerance policy in 1994 which required students found in possession of guns, knives, drugs and alcohol to be expelled from school. Zero Tolerance policy came into limelight in 1999 Columbine school shooting, where two students killed 13 and injured 24 others. Schools have zero tolerance policies to keep the students disciplined and to prevent any violations. Many may think that zero tolerance is ineffective but I think that this policy has decreased violations to keep the school environment safe for students to learn in and believe that more can be done to make our schools safer such has having metal detectors and more security personnel on site. Zero tolerance policy mandates predetermined punishment, mostly severe in nature and are required to be applied regardless the behavior, circumstances and situation. These policies are designed to solve many problems associated with discipline and demand strict punishment in “one-size-fits-all” nature. Many people suggest that there needs to be flexibility in terms of these rules. However, schools have adhered to these rules and have expanded them to eliminate the use of any weapons in schools. Instead of the faculty of the schools dealing with the misconduct on a case-by-case basis, considering the student who is involved in the act, the circumstances of the event,…
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