Georgia school boards gain flexibility to punish students with weapons

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Schools would no longer be forced to expel or suspend students caught with a fishing knife or baseball bat in their car on school grounds under legislation approved by the state House on Tuesday.

The House approved House Bill 826, by Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, by a vote of 170-0. Setlzer’s bill aims to eliminate situations where a student has a rescue knife or fishing knife in his car on school grounds and is automatically suspended from school and charged with a crime.

Setlzer gave an example of a student in his district who had two fishing poles and a tackle box in his trunk. Inside the tackle box were three fishing knives. The student was kicked out of school and automatically faced criminal charges.

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