Local schools boards in Delaware have been given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.
A bill signed late last month by Gov. John Carney moves away from a zero-tolerance approach and gives school boards and charter school boards more discretion on a case-by-case basis in deciding whether to suspend a student for possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm.
The measure was prompted by the case of a Brandywine district student who was suspended for five days in 2015 after two credit-card knives were found in his backpack.
A version of this article appeared in the October 11, 2017 edition of Education Week as Delaware Loosens Zero-Tolerance Policy Involving Most Weapons in Schools