Context key for educators in protecting students

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About 15 years ago, a Center Grove third-grader who brought a knife to school to slice up an apple at lunch could be expelled with no questions asked.

At the time, schools across the country were doing anything they could to keep weapons out of schools and to avoid tragedies such as the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

But zero-tolerance policies don’t take context or intent into account when a student has a knife, sharp object or other potentially dangerous item at school.

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