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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