School Discipline Changes For The New School Year

The State Board of Education has new policies about action taken when your children get in trouble at school.

The new law goes into effect when school starts later this month for all districts in North Carolina.

One of the most significant changes is that the new law prohibits school boards from taking a "zero tolerance" approach for things like bringing weapons to campus.

The assistant superintendent of Onslow County Schools says the new policy gives principals a little more say so and flexibility when it comes to the big punishments like expulsion. Doctor Barry Collins says, "This gives us flexibility so that we can, determine based on the intent, the age, that sort of thing, so we can apply the discipline that will better fit the crime."

It's important to note- -the rules have not changed-- it's punishment by the school that changes under this policy-- the policy does not dictate what law enforcement does if they are called in.

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  • by jwall on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    wow! ridiculous! both of my kids are in private school and will continue to go until they start high school. i went to public school, no problems, college, still no problems. i have nothing against public schools, and i commend all teachers, public and private. kids at private schools are no more special than the kids that go to public school. it is a parents job to raise kids with respect and discipline, not the schools..
  • by NCLEO on Aug 12, 2011 at 09:41 PM
    The elementary schools need to allow teachers to spank disruptive students, as they did when I was that age. I got spanked at home and at school whenever I needed it, and it must have worked...I became a policeman. Attention Petey Pirate: Insert your standard, unprovoked, smart#@! comment here.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    I often wonder why "they" call it common sense. It is anything but common. When a teacher repremands a student by sending the child to the administration,where I taught, the admin wouldn't do anything right away until they heard the student's side. So the teacher is put at the same level as the student. If I said I saw this student hit another child, then that's what happened. End of story
  • by concerned parent Location: ENC on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    Both policies are wonderful if the school officials actually enforce them. A child threatened to kill my child at school and it was all swept under the rug. I went to school officials and they all told me that the child didn't mean it and how would I feel if no one at home loved me or cared for me. They said that the child was just acting out because of the child's home life. Guess what? Now the child has a juvenile record. I ended up having to contact the local sheriff department to press charges.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    The unintended use of any item could be deemed a weapon. Pencils and pens seem like harmless writing instruments, but in the hand of someone who wishes to stab someone they are dangerous and deadly weapons. You gonna expel someone for carrying a pencil, or use your head and expel the one who uses it to stab.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:37 PM in reply to Chris
      Use common sense - however it's anything but common.
  • by N C School employee Location: S E NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    So those of you against the change believe a kid with a nail file at school should be expelled for the entire year just the same as a kid that brings a knife to school. Under the old law, a weapon is a weapon no matter how innocent it may have seemed. Look it up, it has happened several times and many innocent items were deemed "weapons" resulting in expulsion. At least now common sense may be applied to the situation.
  • by eliz Location: greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Teachers are chastised if they send the disruptive kids out of class or apply any classroom discipline or at least that is the case at Farmville Middle. Then we put this rule in which opens the door for subjectivity. Big Big mistake---Can you say Lawsuit!
  • by Former teacher Location: Pitt County on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    This does sound like a move in the right direction, but I have a feeling that this will open the door to less enforcement of school rules that currently exist. Pitt County does not want to suspend students because it looks badly on paper. Many teachers are unable to to their jobs because of the constant disruptions of students who receive very little punishment for breaking rules. And we wonder why there is a teacher shortage? Also, why does Pitt County not have an alternative school? There are many educations whose calling it is to work with disruptive students.
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      by B on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM in reply to Former teacher
      There is an alternative school, it's called prison. Ol' Bev is cutting back on that too.
  • by sammi on Aug 12, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    just one more excuse to keep from enforcing rules lol
  • by Country Location: Hollywood on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Well I went to high school in the country... where the boys would go hunting before school and didn't go home before going to school. I don't don't think a single one of them had intentions to shoot anyone. Just deer.
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