The Norman Transcript

January 10, 2014

Districts can handle it

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Schools that adopt “zero tolerance policies” for weapons, drugs or banned items and activities often get lambasted by legislators in the name of common sense.

But it’s the schools that get the blame and negative publicity when something goes wrong. What’s a district to do?

State Rep. Sally Kern wants to put some common sense into the bans. She proposes legislation that would prevent students from being punished for a variety of activities related to fake guns and weaponry.

Rep. Kern, R-Oklahoma City, notes the case of a Maryland boy punished for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. Oklahoma kids have been disciplined for bringing toy weapons to school or using fingers or hands to simulate a weapon on the playground.

She also doesn’t want students penalized for wearing clothing that supports Second Amendment rights to bear arms.

We appreciate Rep. Kern’s intent, but this seems like something that ought to be handled by school districts.

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