HED: Zero-tolerance policy helps reduce weapons at school

AUTHOR: GINN

HED: Zero-tolerance policy helps reduce weapons at school

In a school year that will go down in history nationally as one of the most violent, Tupelo School Board officials were proud to announce that no guns were found on students this year.

Glenn McGee, assistant superintendent for student services, said only one student was suspended for bringing a weapon to school. The student, who was caught with a pocket knife, was sent to alternative school.

During the 1996-97 school year, one gun was recovered from the car of a high school student. During the 1995-96 school year, two guns were found.

Superintendent Mike Vinson said he believes a zero-tolerance policy has helped reduce the number of weapons students bring to school.

“I think Mister McGee and the administration have dealt with it very severely,” Vinson said. “There is absolutely no leeway, no excuse why a student should have a weapon.”

-Jennifer Ginn