Palm Beach County Schools Set To Adopt New “Zero Tolerance” Policy

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Guns…Brass Knuckles… Slingshot… Chemical Weapons… Online Threats… All Grounds For Expulsion…



BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Students in Palm Beach County Public Schools better leave their guns, brass knuckles, slingshots, tear gas guns, dirks, metallic knuckles, chemical weapons, even plastic knives at home. Anyone caught with these items, or several others, will find themselves facing mandatory expulsion from the Palm Beach County School District. Anyone posting a school threat online may also find themselves kicked out of school. The School Board is expected to approve the following language during Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting:


POLICY: Expulsion is defined as “the removal of the right and obligation of a student to attend a public school under conditions set by the district school board, and for a period of time not to exceed the remainder of the term or school year and 1 additional year of attendance. Expulsions may be imposed with or without continuing educational services and shall be reported accordingly.” Fla. Stat. § 1003.01(6)
b. Zero Tolerance Offenses: The following offenses pose a threat to school safety:

i. Bringing a firearm or weapon to school, to any school function, or onto any school-sponsored transportation or possessing a firearm at school;

ii.Making a threat or false report as defined by Fla. Stat. § 790. 162 involving school or school personnel’s property, school transportation or school sponsored activity;

iii.Threatening to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device;

iv. Making a false report, with the intent to deceive, mislead, or otherwise misinform any person, concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite, other deadly explosive, or weapon of mass destruction; as defined by Fla. Stat. § 790.163; or

v. Posting or transmitting a threat of mass shooting/violence or terrorism as defined by Fla. Stat. § 863.10(1), school, school transportation or a school sponsored activity.

c.A weapon is defined as any dirk, knife, metallic knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, chemical weapon or device, or other deadly weapons except a firearm or a common pocket knife, plastic knife, or blunt-bladed table knife as stated in Fla. Stat § 790.001 This includes “Electric weapons or devices”(Taser/Stun Gun) which are defined as any device which, through the application or use of electrical current, is designed, redesigned, used, or intended to be used for offensive or defensive purposes, the destruction of life, or the infliction of injury.

d. Pursuant to Fla. Stat. 1003.31, the School Board has the right to expel any student whois found to have committed an offense on school property at any time if the student is found guilty of a felony, or isfound to have committed, or has adjudication withheld for a delinquent act which would be a felony if committed by an adult.
e. Pursuant to 1006.13(3) any student who is expelled for a violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy shall be expelled for a period of no less than one (1) full year. As authorized by law, the Superintendent may request that the Board modify the one year expulsion requirement if there are unique mitigating circumstances and if it would be in the best interests of the student and the school district to modify this requirement.

Read the complete policy proposal below.



Paul Saperstein


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