Delaware School Board Eases Zero-Tolerance Rule

A Delaware first-grader who faced a lengthy punishment for taking his favorite camping utensil to school -- a combination folding knife, fork and spoon -- has gotten a reprieve.

The Christina school board made a hasty change to its strict code of conduct Tuesday night.

The seven-member board voted unanimously to reduce the punishment for kindergartners and first-graders who take weapons to school or commit violent offenses to a suspension ranging from three to five days.

Six-year-old Zachary Christie had faced 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers after he took the utensil to school to eat lunch.

The punishment is one of several in recent years that has sparked national debate on whether schools have gone too far with zero tolerance policies.


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