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									Zero Tolerance
What is Zero Tolerance?

 A policy of predetermined consequences
  regardless of the context of the offense.
 “One size fits all”
 Pertains to possession of weapons, violence
  and drugs
 Sometimes threats, disruption, hate speech,
  activities outside of school
History of Zero Tolerance

 1986- program for war on drugs
 1989- California, New York and Kentucky
  adapt it to school disciplinary policy
 1993- Zero-tolerance policies employed
 1994- Gun Free Schools Act – 1yr expulsion
  and referral to criminal/juvenile justice

 Response to increased school violence
 Protect students/School Safety
 Fairness/Consistency
 Strict guidelines for punishment
 Respect for rules
 Easy to enforce (no gray areas)

 Misbehavior largely product of home life
  (Rausch, 2004)
 Case by case basis too time consuming for
 Students respect rules more and feel safer
  (consistency and strictness)
 Zero tolerance is the only viable option
In Practice
   Positives
    –   Gun-Free Schools Act increased consistency of
        enforcement of rules and severity of punishments
    –   Increased equity of punishment between males
        and females for threats/violence
   Negatives
    –   Minorities 2-3 times more likely to be
        suspended/expelled (Skiba 2004)
    –   Unfair to Minorities, Low-Income, Special needs
    –   Students resent policies and regard them as
        unfairly strict, lose trust in educational system
More Negatives

   Higher rates of suspension/expulsion
    –   30-50 percent repeat offenders (Skiba 2004)
    –   Associated with higher drop out rates, lower
        academic achievement, less focus on academics
   Policies other than federal firearms policies
    highly inconsistent
    –   Severity of punishments varies
    –   Application varies by district, school, and teacher
         Legal Ramifications

 Is the suspension rational?
 Does the action disrupt school operation?
 Did the student have knowledge of the
 Was there due process (rights weren’t
 Zero tolerance polices have several

   New Jersey v. T.L.O.
reasonable cause
   Seal v. Morgan
       Intent
       4th amendment
    The judicial system tries to avoid interfering
     with Zero Tolerance
       Ratner v.Loundoun County Public Schools

   Preventative models
    1)positive school environment
          bullying prevention, character education
    2) early identification/ intervention
    3) effective response to offenses
          Rehabilitative, Individualized behavior plans
   Democratic Classroom Strategies, students
    involved in making of rules and punishments
   Punishments appropriate to offense
Alternatives Cont.

–   Eight factors for context of offense(Kajs, 2006):
        Student’s age, gender, and grade level
        Special considerations (e.g. special needs)
        Seriousness of Offense
        Circumstances of offense
        Student's behavioral history
        Student's attitude/socio-emotional development level
        impact of offense on community
        Student’s resiliency level
–   Responses to offenses can be either punitive or non-

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