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2014

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The Constitutional Limit Of Zero Tolerance In Schools, Derek W. Black Jan 2014

The Constitutional Limit Of Zero Tolerance In Schools, Derek W. Black

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With the introduction of modern zero tolerance policies, schools now punish much more behavior than they ever have before. But not all the behavior is bad. Schools have expelled the student who brings aspirin or fingernail clippers to campus, who does not know that a keychain knife in his backpack, or who reports having taken away a knife from another student in order to keep everyone safe. Despite challenges to these examples, courts have upheld the suspension and expulsion of this good-faith, innocuous behavior. With little explanation, courts have opined that the Constitution places no meaningful limit on the application ...