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A more flexible weapons policy

Posted: Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

NEWPORT — The Lincoln County School District is looking to make its weapons policy more flexible when it comes to punishment involving items such as knives.

The current zero tolerance policy, implemented in 2002, states that any student found with a weapon or realistic replica on school grounds faces expulsion for a period of no less than one year.

During Tuesday’s school board meeting at Newport High, Student Services Administrator Aaron Belloni talked about incidents in which students have forgotten knives in their backpacks after a weekend of hunting and, despite no ill intentions, received the punishment. In some cases, the youth have turned themselves in.

The policy, in the past, has been “pretty strict,” he said, but with changes in state law, the “only thing that is automatic expulsion (now) is firearms.”

For the complete article see the 06-13-2014 issue.

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