Should Zero Tolerance policies stay in schools?
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Tolerance policy is a school or school district policy that mandates predetermine consequences or punishment for offenses that are intended to be applied regardless of the seriousness of the behavior, circumstances ,or situational context. I support the zero-tolerance policy to begin with zero tolerance policy's prepare students for the "Real World", where there is no second chances in the workplace. Since the Zero Tolerance policy gives unbiased verdicts, children are given the same punishment new matter their background. If the child is a straight A student or a C and B student, she/he is given the same punishment policies like this stand for the belief that the particular rule that was broken doesn't matter. The fact that it was broken should result in a punishment another positive point about the Zero Tolerance policy is that it protects schools from punishments, something not many policies provide. Contrary to what most people believe , there is enough flexibility for administrators to decide if a student stays in school or is suspended. While you may hear cases of children suspended for acts that may be viewed as acts that don't deserve punishment, this doesn't occur often enough to arouse suspension or concern. The American Bar Association Journal reported that since 1990, crime of all types in public schools are down by as much as 30%. It is very likely the Zero Tolerance policy is the reason why. Studies show that when children know they risk serious punishments for bringing a weapon into school or bullying a peer, they are far more likely to remain on the straight and narrow. Students who respect the rules are likely to think if their actions seem questionable. Without a policy like the Zero Tolerance policy, students could bring a weapon to school without any punishments.
They are designed to keep them from real world things. Also, they almost always end up with violators receiving tolerance and not fully being acted on or just not being properly investigated in certain cases. Now most high schools have metal detectors or at least a bag search. There are no searches in elementary schools or middle schools and its been proved that in at least 46% of school shootings could have been avoided if there had been a bag search or metal detector. Now I know that those are only about weapons policies.
I'm about to get to my main point. Zero tolerance on food items and certain books have increased 3.012%. There have been students suspended for taking certain books to school or even humming a song that has a few cusses. There was a middle schooler expelled for selling soda and energy drinks at school. As opposed to high-schoolers who are only suspended when caught selling pot and prescription pain killers on school grounds.
There are good and bad sides to the topic of zero tolerance policies There are of course times when they do work and save lives. When those times are less than 15% we all have a problem.
you are correct many schools do have that rule but in a small way your comparing selling drugs to selling soda and I would like to point out they were non-caffeinated non-alcoholic and sugar free
they should of course not be aloud to do this without suspishon but there should at least be metal detectors or a x-ray machine
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