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Schools Must Heed ‘Intent’ In Weapons-Policy Violations

By The Associated Press — September 13, 2016 1 min read

Minnesota students returning to classes last week likely will face a different expulsion policy should they bring weapons to school.

A recent ruling by Minnesota’s supreme court now requires schools to investigate a student’s intent when weapons that aren’t firearms show up in school. In order to expel a student, the school must determine that the student willfully violated school policy on weapons.

The court’s decision stems from a lawsuit brought by a United South Central High School student who was expelled for inadvertently bringing a knife to the Wells, Minn., school in 2014.

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