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Weapons in Schools and Zero Tolerance

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Volume: 11 Issue: 2 Dated: Summer 1996 Pages: 46-48
R. E. Shepherd Jr.; A. J. DeMarco
Date Published
3 pages
This article examines the relationship between criminal or delinquency charges and school administrative proceedings.
In the name of school safety, some states now require that juvenile courts report to the local school system adjudications of youths for certain offenses. Recent legislative trends have even led to statutes that require reporting to the schools juvenile arrests or the petitions filed against youngsters, at least for offenses against persons or those involving drugs and weapons. Most states have criminal laws prohibiting juvenile possession of certain weapons and drugs, as well as mandatory school expulsion. An attorney could become involved in representing a youth facing criminal or juvenile charges arising out of a school setting who is involved in concurrent expulsion proceedings. Not only are due process and other constitutional rights implicated, but the school’s actions may significantly influence what may happen in the courts.