Zero Tolerance Essay

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Zero Tolerance

There are many disciplinary actions that have been used and are still in use in order to deal with problems in the school system today. However, it seems that zero tolerance is now the most widely used and most controversial policy that has came into effect. Zero tolerance means absolutely no mercy for students when accused of doing something wrong. This policy leaves no room at all for error. These cases are not judged for their individual qualities. They are all treated the same regardless of the circumstances. When zero tolerance is thought of, it seems like a very practical way of dealing with the problems that we face everyday in the school system. However, we then have to ask ourselves if it is fair to
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When Rev. Jesse Jackson was asked about zero tolerance on the effect of school shootings he gave this response, “Would zero tolerance have stopped the shooting at Paducah or at Columbine? I think not. If somebody’s sufficiently malfunctioning and in confusion, shooting classmates may be their first act of violence.” This quote shows that zero tolerance is not the answer to discipline problems in the school. A student with the idea of harming other students is apparently not concerned with the consequences of their actions. In a way, zero tolerance seems like a way for the school to not have to deal with the problem. Does that seem like the right way to teach or help a student in need? To some students a suspension or expulsion is just some days that they don’t have to go to school. So when people look at zero tolerance and think of it as a good thing they are not actually looking at it in its entirety. Instead of suspending or expelling the student, they should be helped, whether it is some form of counseling or other action. Giving students free days from school with expulsion or suspension is not helping that student, it is actually making the situation worse. A majority of the time it is students who feel that no one cares for them that commit crimes in schools. Zero tolerance is sending the message that we (school) don’t care what problems you

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