Lawmakers rethinking zero tolerance weapons policy in schools - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Lawmakers rethinking zero tolerance weapons policy in Ga. schools

Posted: Updated:
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -

When kids bring weapons to school, bad things can happen.  The state of Georgia has issued a Zero Tolerance Weapons Policy to prevent those types of tragedies, but some lawmakers are looking into legalizing knives on school property in places like cars or glove compartments.

Currently, if any student brings what is considered to a be a weapon to school, they are suspended, arrested, and could face criminal charges.  But Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, who supervises school resource officers in Douglas County, says the issue isn't always so black and white.

"We've had those situations where a kid did bring something to school and realized they had it and then turned it over," he explained, adding that at other times, students may not have known they had a weapon at all.

Situations like those are what Rep. Micah Gravely of Douglas County wants the law to account for.  He is working to rewrite Georgia's Zero Tolerance Law into something he calls a Common Sense Law.

"What we want to do is be able to give the local school boards, the local superintendents the ability to make a judgment call," Gravely said.  "If this is a student we've never had any problems with, a good student…. We don't want that to hinder them or adversely affect them because of something that mistakenly happened."

There are opponents, many in school administration, who feel putting discretion in the law can be dangerous, but a growing number of legislators feel common sense just makes good sense.

The Zero Tolerance Policy still stands, but legislators plan on taking a look at the law and proposing changes.  A vote on those revisions could come early next year.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Casting Call: August 27

    Casting Call: August 27

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:42:30 GMT
    Check out the Good Day Atlanta Casting Call for the week of August 27.
    Check out the Good Day Atlanta Casting Call for the week of August 27.
  • Good Day Atlanta

    From bean to cup: Inside Smyrna's Rev Coffee Roasters

    From bean to cup: Inside Smyrna's Rev Coffee Roasters

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:02 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:02:31 GMT
    If you're idea of a good cup of coffee is something strong from the old one-cup in your kitchen, it's time for a coffee education!
    If you're idea of a good cup of coffee is something strong from the old one-cup in your kitchen, it's time for a coffee education!
  • Nonprofit pairs shelter dogs with jail inmates

    Nonprofit pairs shelter dogs with jail inmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:24:57 GMT
    There is a program giving inmates and dogs a second chance. Canine Cellmates saves dogs from being euthanized and pairs them up with inmates at the Fulton County Jail.
    There is a program giving inmates and dogs a second chance. Canine Cellmates saves dogs from being euthanized and pairs them up with inmates at the Fulton County Jail.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices