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Do zero tolerance policies in schools work?

Asked by: Fanny
  • Effective when applied correctly

    Contrary to what most people believe, there is enough flexibility for administrators to decide whether a student should remain in school. The argument against zero tolerance policies cite misapplications, which are rare. The majority of students disciplined under zero tolerance policies deserved it. If a student knows he will be expelled for bringing a gun to school, he will be less likely to do it.

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  • Protecting the Lives of Students

    I agree that there are harsh restrictions regarding the zero tolerance policy, but the overall goal of the policy is to protect the lives of the students. Taking this policy lightly is what has resulted in school shootings and violence, giving kids the idea that bringing these things to school is okay, where it's not. If schools were to rid of this policy, kids could bring any kind of weapon or harmful tool to school without getting punished.

  • Zero tolerance does not work

    Okay let's say that a guy in the 4th grade is having lunch, and he brought a plastic knife to school because he remembered that his mother packed him a bagel and some cream cheese to eat, but the policy is that there are no sharp objects in school but he uses the knife anyway. He gets sent to a disciplinary school for bringing a knife.

  • Zero tolerance does not work

    Okay let's say that a guy in the 4th grade is having lunch, and he brought a plastic knife to school because he remembered that his mother packed him a bagel and some cream cheese to eat, but the policy is that there are no sharp objects in school but he uses the knife anyway. He gets sent to a disciplinary school for bringing a knife.

  • It is very stupid

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  • Don't you trust our principals?

    Don't you think our principals are qualified enough to know that a student with a firearm should be expelled? Furthermore, don't you think they're smart enough to get the facts before the punishment. Shouldn't we allow them the power to account for exceptions?
    How many kids know what a zero tolerance policy means? How many of them will care about when they decide to skip class and smoke?

  • NO! It only creates problems.

    Zero tolerance policies do not work and never have worked. It often punishes kids for doing the right thing and discourages them from being good citizens. There is always an exception to every rule, and saying that school has zero tolerance on something is absolutely horrible, creates a lot of problems, and solves no problems. Just a terrible idea all around.

  • Zero Tolerance Policies Do Not Work

    No, zero tolerance policies do not work in schools as they treat every single case as being the same. In actuality, no two cases are the same. Someone may bring a knife to school with the intent to cause harm, for example, but another may have done so because s/he was on a camping trip a few days before and forgot to remove the knife from the bag when they were finished.

  • Zero tolerance is not effective

    Zero tolerance policies limit creativity, and do not let kids play, or have fun, in effect, taking away that child's childhood. If a kid plays, and what he is doing has a bit of violence, he should not be punished. THink of Star Wars, if the kid is battling a friend with ightsabers, he is having fun, not planning to wreak havoc in adulthood.

  • Kids are still developing morality

    The zero tolerance policies support throwing kids out of school for acts that are often quite developmentally normal for their age. Many teenagers have not yet developed a sense of morality, they know right from wrong but they aren't yet ready to feel the same empathy for others that they will feel as adults. They will experiment with poor behaviour as they work through the many questions about the world they have.

    By throwing these kids out of school we are throwing the, to the wolves so to speak. Without the education to get a good job. Without school to keep them occupied and without guidance to teach the, respect they get into major trouble and end up in jail

  • Zero tolerance policies create new problems.

    Lets say a freshman in High School, Jimmy, finds a weapon stashed in his locker. It's not Jimmy's gun, he's never seen this particular gun in his life.

    Jimmy has been told about the zero tolerance policy. Since he's a smart kid, he knows he's in an a difficult situation. If he chooses to report the gun, he may save the life of a fellow student, but he will receive the same punishment as if he was the one who brought it to school. If he chooses not to report the gun, he may be indirectly responsible for the shooting by not reporting the gun. However, there is a chance no shooting will occur and no action will be taken upon him.

    What is the appropriate course of action? Does not reporting the gun seem most favorable to Jimmy or does he have moral obligation to "take one for the team" by reporting the gun?

    Most likely, to secure his future, he will not report the gun.

    This hypothetical situation could easily be true.

    Zero tolerance policy do not encourage reporting of potentially dangerous activity which completely goes against what zero-tolerance policies are trying to fix, school safety.

  • No, they do not

    Zero tolerance policies do not work because kids are stupid. When you are young, you do not always think your plans through. It is very easy for a joke to go to far or for a teenager to react inappropriately because he or she hasn't yet learned how to control their emotions.


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