TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida lawmakers want school districts
to come up with some realistic "zero tolerance'' policies so
youngsters using plastic knives to spread peanut butter on bread
don't wind up in the state's juvenile justice system.
Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, used that example Thursday
before his proposal (SB 1540) won unanimous committee approval. The
House is also considering similar legislation.
Wise's bill would prevent schools from reporting petty acts of
misconduct and misdemeanors to law enforcement agencies, specifying
guidelines for serious threats to school safety.
Wise noted that there are 155,000 youngsters now in the state's
juvenile justice system and many as a result of some minor offense