February 23, 2009
Teen Suspended, Not Expelled, For Shooting Nerf Gun In School
By Dave Hurteau
From The Columbus Dispatch:
Columbus City Schools will not expel a Northland High School student who fired a Nerf foam-dart gun in school.
Devon Scott, 14, could have been expelled for at least one year if district officials had adhered to a strict interpretation of the state's zero-tolerance weapons policy and the federal Gun-Free Schools Act, which, in theory, apply even to look-alike weapons.
At a disciplinary hearing yesterday, however, officials decided that a previously imposed suspension was sufficient punishment for Scott, who will be permitted to return to class.