WILMINGTON, Del. — Local schools boards in Delaware being given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.
A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney moves away from a “zero-tolerance” approach and gives district 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 bill was prompted by the case of a Brandywine School District student who was suspended for five days in 2015 after two credit card knives were found in his backpack.
The student’s family filed a lawsuit over his suspension, which Brandywine School officials settled earlier this year for $60,000.